Pervert lawyer jailed for six months over ‘secret recordings’

Crime story
Crime story

A FORMER solicitor from Wigan recorded images of naked and half-naked young women using a secret camera installed in a bathroom, a court has heard.

Gordon Barnes, whose life has collapsed in ruins, admitted six offences of voyeurism spanning about five years in Wigan and North Wales.

Jailing him for six months, Judge Brian Lewis said that such behaviour involved a gross breach of trust and involved two different recording devices, one activated by a motion sensor.

He was then later able watch them on his computer or other similar devices. “These are serious matters, taken individually and collectively.”

Judge Lewis said that 59-year-old Barnes had felt the consequences in terms of his career and home “because people feel they cannot trust you anymore”.

Explaining why he was imposing an immediate custodial sentence he said Barnes “completely denies any sexual motive and in those circumstances it is highly unlikely any course will be of benefit to you.”

Barnes, formerly of Edge Hall Road, Orrell, but now living in Chatham in Kent, admitted committing the voyeurism offences for the purposes of sexual gratification involving three young women.

When Barnes was quizzed by police in February 2013 he said: “I have never taken any photographs of anyone under the age of 16.”

Computer equipment was seized from his home and holiday home in Abersoch and in interview he admitted his behaviour, said Sarah Phelan, prosecuting.

Barnes, who showed no emotion, was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.