A STEVENSTON man who admitted recording his daughter in the shower with a hidden camera has avoided jail.

Instead the Three Towns dad, who the Herald cannot name to protect the identity of the victim, has been placed on a Community Payback Order (CPO) as well as the sex offenders register.

His CPO will see the man placed under supervision for a period of two years, and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. He will remain on the sex offenders register for the duration of this order.

The creep was handed the sentence when he returned to Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Friday, November 10. He previously admitted to operating the hidden camera equipment on various occasions between January 1, 2020, and March 13, 2022, at his previous family home in Stevenston.

Court papers stated that he did so with the intention of enabling himself or another to observe his wife during a private act in that he installed and operated the equipment.

In doing so he covertly recorded his wife - and daughter - whilst taking a shower. His daughter was aged between 12 and 14 at the time of the incident.

A previous court hearing heard how the man, aged 41, was eventually caught using the equipment after arousing the suspicion of his daughter.

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The procurator fiscal depute explained how she had access to his Amazon account and had become concerned when she noticed he had purchased what looked like a small spy camera.

Her suspicion was heightened when she noted her dad's behaviour appeared odd when anyone used the shower.

It was added that she also noticed that she saw her father entering the bathroom but not using the facilities on occasions and that he had been spotted holding a USB stick.

She, alongside her brother who also resided at the house, then planned to investigate the suspicions further.

The man's son feigned illness one day so that he could remain home in an attempt to find the camera.

He then found the equipment hidden within a wardrobe in the accused's bedroom.

Following the discovery his daughter then informed staff at the school she attended of her fears that her father was recording her - and became distressed.

The man and his wife, the complainer in the case, then attended the school after being informed of their daughter's distress.

At this stage, the complainer said she was aware of this camera but believed it was being used for protection of her husband's car.

Police later attended the school, where the accused was arrested.

Following this, a search warrant was obtained, a search of the family home was carried out and various items including the camera were then taken.

Amongst these items was an image which showed an unidentified person in the bathroom.

Upon being interviewed by police following this, the accused stated to police that he had used camera to watch his wife in the shower “for banter”.

The court heard that, although he had placed the camera in the bathroom to record his wife, in that time he had recorded his daughter.

After being placed on a CPO, the man will return to court over time where his progress will be monitored.