Wednesday 21 November 2018

Man who hid camera in Starbucks toilet spared jail

Anthony Dines has been spared jail after installing a hidden camera in a Starbucks toilet
Anthony Dines has been spared jail after installing a hidden camera in a Starbucks toilet

Tess De La Mare

A law firm administrator who installed a hidden camera in a Starbucks toilet to satisfy his fetish for women urinating has been spared jail.

Anthony Dines, 31, installed the tiny device in a ceiling grate in the chain's branch in Vauxhall, south London, close to the headquarters of MI6.

Police believe the device was in place for three or four weeks before it was spotted by a male member of the public.

Dines was tracked down after he accidentally filmed his own face while standing on the toilet seat to slot the camera into its hiding place, allowing investigators to launch a public appeal.

The defendant was arrested on November 22 when colleagues at legal group Lyons Davidson identified him.

Dines worked for File Dynamics, a company specialising in law firm administration, which is part of the Lyons Davidson group, but has since left his post, a spokesman for the company said.

He later admitted installing a similar device in the toilets of the group's offices in New Malden, while further mini-cameras and memory cards were found at his home address, as well as a screwdriver.

Dines pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism relating to the Starbucks camera and two similar charges relating to the camera at his place of work.

On Wednesday at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court, Magistrate Edward Gold spared Dines from jail and instead sentenced him to 200 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for five years and banned from living in a house with children under the age of 18 during that period.

Dines must pay £170 in costs and victim surcharges and complete a 30-day rehabilitation requirement.

Mr Gold noted his lack of previous convictions, his remorse and early guilty plea but added that if he breaks any of the requirements or is convicted of any other offence his sentence may be increased.

Lyons Davidson said in a statement: "The crimes committed by Anthony Dines have caused significant concern and distress to some of our people.

"His admission and subsequent sentencing will be of little comfort to these people. We continue to do all we can to support them. Anthony is no longer in our employment."

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