A SOUTHAMPTON computer expert installed secret cameras to film a lesbian couple undressing and using the toilet.

‘Gross’ Daniel Lawes, fixed up the camera in the room of his landlady and filmed her as she undressed.

The 33-year-old also set up a camera in the woman’s bathroom, filming the woman’s partner and a friend using the toilet.

Southampton Crown Court, heard Lawes had been living as the woman’s lodger at the time he purchased and set up the cameras.

Prosecutor Matthew Lawson said the offences started in November 2014 and the hidden recording device was discovered in February 2016.

Mr Lawson said the woman noticed her glasses case had been moved – when she looked inside it she found a recording device with a memory card contained five files.

One file showed the defendant setting up the camera, others showed her, her partner and a friend in various states of undress.

The woman immediately packed a bag, left the flat, and informed the police.

When the defendant was arrested, a second camera was discovered, in the bathroom, pointed at the toilet.

Mr Lawson said examinations of the woman’s computer showed Lawes had installed software, which allowed him access to passwords and web history.

“He had also installed this software on another woman’s device and accessed intimate images she had taken and then deleted,” said Mr Lawson. “In the files found, there was also footage of the defendant masturbating.

He has an obvious fetish for voyeurism.”

In victim impact statements read at court, one of the women said: “I now feel vulnerable and worry in public places, like changing rooms or toilets, as I feel someone may be videoing or watching me.”

The woman, in whose home Lawes was a lodger, added: “I gave him my trust to share my home and never expected such a breach of trust like this.

“This made me feel dirty and violated.”

Mitigating, Nicholas Tucker said his client regretted his actions, had pleaded guilty and had been undergoing therapy.

“The man he was two years ago is not the man he is now,” Mr Tucker told the court.

Lawes, of Southampton, admitted four counts of voyeurism, three of making indecent images of children and one of possessing extreme pornography. These images were found on his computer when police searched his home.

Sentencing him to two years in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Gary Burrell QC told him he was ‘high risk’ but it was best for him to get therapy.

The judge told a weeping Lawes: “These offences are gross, utterly gross.

“Your victims will have to live with this forever – do not think the fact that I am not sending you to prison is you getting off.

“You will have to live with this shame for the rest of your life, and your family will have to live with the shame for the rest of their lives.

“It is hard to imagine a worse case of voyeurism than this.”

The judge ordered all Lawes’ devices with internet access, on which the films were stored, be destroyed and said he must complete 300 hours unpaid work.

He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for ten years and pay £500 costs.