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CCTV SPY IN THE OFFICE; Camera under girl's desk.

Byline: ROBERT FAIRBURN

A STUNNED secretary discovered a CCTV camera had been hidden under her desk, looking up her legs.

But the man who put it there yesterday denied the camera was being used for a sexual motive.

Delivery firm boss James Wright told a court that he was attempting to spy on the secretary's boss.

At Selkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, Wright, 41, was ordered to pay pounds 500 compensation to the unnamed woman and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

Lawyers for the cash-strapped boss, from Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, said he had been worried about another businessman pulling out the rented office unit they shared.

So he set up the CCTV camera and microphone to spy on him in the office in St Boswells last August.

The secretary, who used to work for Wright, discovered the equipment when she went under her desk to unplug a printer.

The court heard she was "extremely shaken by what she had found" and had said she would not be returning to work.

Lesley Thomson, prosecuting, said the video tape was examined by police and showed the woman's trouser- clad legs.

She added: "The view would have been a great deal more explicit had she been wearing a skirt."

Wright's lawyer stressed there had been "no indecent motive" but described the taping as "ill-judged".

Sentencing Wright, Sheriff Kevin Drummond said: "This was a serious breach of the relationship, whatever the motivation. The impact has been serious."
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