Man caught spying on woman in toilet when his phone rang
A maintenance worker who hid his phone to film women using the toilet was busted when someone rang him on it, a court heard.
Jason Prowse, 38, allegedly propped his mobile up on pipework and set it to record a cubicle in the Knightsbridge office where he worked.
But when someone contacted him on the phone a horrified woman heard it vibrate and an alert go off.
She got down to pick up the phone and discovered her own face staring back at her from the screen, facing in the direction of where she had just been sitting.
The woman hit rewind on the video and discovered Prowse setting the camera in place, jurors heard.
‘The video showed the phone going down, being placed where it was and a gentleman getting up off all fours, walking across and sitting on the toilet,’ she told jurors at Southwark Crown Court.
‘He wasn’t using it. He was sitting on a closed toilet and his trousers were up.’
Prosecutor Gary Venturi added that Prowse could be seen ’tilting’ to one side in an effort to ‘see what was being recorded by the camera’.
The woman was in the midst of telling her manager and a receptionist about the recording when Prowse himself walked past and said: ‘Oh, that’s my phone.’
He attempted to snatch it from her hand but she asked him: ‘Can you please explain to me, if this is your phone, why was I staring at myself going to the restroom?’
‘He got flustered and said it fell out of his pocket,’ she told the court.
His manager, Sarah Monger, later confronted him on it but Prowse told her: ‘I didn’t do it. I’m not a perv.’
Ms Monger told jurors she was ‘so shocked and so upset by what had happened’ that she deleted the video to ‘spare the blushes’ of the half a dozen women recorded.
‘I think I am going to regret deleting that video and giving back that phone for a very long time,’ she said.
In total, the video lasted 49 minutes long.
Prowse was arrested at home a few days later. He claims he was using the phone’s torch to tinker with a heating element in the toilet and had ‘forgotten about it’.
Prowse, of Conrad Drive, Worcester Park, southwest London, denies a single count of voyeurism.
The trial continues.