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Peeping tom's sneaky snaps in the loo; Pervert used mobile phone camera in ladies' toilets.


SEEDY peeping tom Peter Foster is exposed as a lavatory rat who crept into ladies' loos to take mobile phone pictures.

He tried to catch women using the pub toilets, but was caught when one customer noticed the blue light of his phone under the cubicle.

She alerted bar staff and Foster was nabbed as he slipped out of the loos, magistrates in Newcastle heard.

The court heard Foster, 53, was high on drink and drugs when he sneaked into the toilets at the Crow's Nest pub in Newcastle.

He lay in wait until customer Donna Welsh locked herself in the next toilet, before sticking his camera phone under the partition.

And he would have got away with it if his victim had not noticed the blue light.

Foster, of Normount Road, Benwell, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive behaviour and possessing the heroin substitute, subutex, a class A drug, which was found when he was arrested.

The court heard how on March 12, Ms Welsh, who was enjoying a night out but rushed to the toilets after feeling sick.

Paul Doney, prosecuting, said: "She went to the female toilets and noticed that one cubicle door was closed. While she was being sick she noticed a blue light on a mobile phone coming through the cubicle.

"She believes that somebody was trying to take pictures of her because she was wearing a skirt."

Ms Welsh waited outside the cubicle until Foster came out and got her friend to find the manager, who called police.

Foster's mobile was found inside the toilet and he was arrested.

Mr Doney continued: "In interview he said he had been drinking and taking subutex. He identified the phone recovered as his own but said he could not explain why he was taking photographs. He said he had no recollection of it."

Tim Gregory, defending, said Foster was an alcoholic who had suffered from drug addiction and depression.

"He has freed himself of heroin and crack cocaine dependency and now he has an alcohol problem," he said.

"He is a man that does have profound problems. The real driver in all this is his long term depression."

Magistrates adjourned sentencing until next month to give the probation service time to prepare reports. But refused a request for a psychiatric assessment.

Foster was released on conditional bail.


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Peter Foster tried to snap a woman customer using the pub toilets with his mobile camera phone; ARRESTED: Staff at the Crow's Nest pub called police when alerted
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2007
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