Search

Teacher attempted to take pictures of colleague on mobile phone while she was using women's toilets

13:19 29 July 2014

Stephen Hazle denies voyeurism and attempted voyeurism. [Picture: PA]

Stephen Hazle denies voyeurism and attempted voyeurism. [Picture: PA]

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A teacher attempted to take pictures of a colleague on his mobile phone while she was using the women’s staff room toilets, a court has heard.

Stephen Hazle, 43, of Basil Mews, Newhall, in Harlow, Essex, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court today accused of six counts of voyeurism and one count of attempted voyeurism - all of which he denies.

Prosecutor Christopher Kerr said the victim saw a phone appear from underneath the neighbouring cubicle.

Reading her statement, he told the court: “I gasped as I saw the mobile and it was slowly withdrawn back under the cubicle.

“It was deliberately being held even though I never saw anyone’s hand.”

Mr Kerr said the victim waited to see if anyone would leave the cubicle. When no one did she alerted the headteacher, who ordered Hazle out.

The prosecutor said Hazle, who was “sitting on the toilet with the seat down,” had said he was “desperate” for the toilet and had found the men’s ones were occupied.

Hazle, whose phone was confiscated after the alleged incident, was arrested at his home on suspicion of voyeurism and suspended by the school.

The court heard police found six images of “people’s legs” on his phone, allegedly taken under the partition walls of toilet cubicles.

Hazle told officers during an interview that he had suffered a panic attack.

“He said he suffers from panic attacks and a side-effect is the loss of control of his bowels, lightheadedness and nausea,” said Mr Kerr.

“He said he was getting stressed about preparing for [an] assessment lesson and needed the toilet.”

Hazle said he passed out four or five times in the cubicle and may have placed his phone on the floor.

The trial continues.

This article has been amended

Latest Ilford News Stories

The Recorder is running a competition where readers can win five family tickets to the London Aquarium

Up for grabs this week are five family tickets for one of the capital’s most popular attractions – the London Aquarium.

02:11
Thomas Berry, 81, has been missing since yesterday. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for help in finding an elderly man with Alzheimer’s who has gone missing.

Yesterday, 14:45
Chigwell Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died following a car crash this morning.

Yesterday, 12:00
Hugh Noble, left, plants tree at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue

A synagogue has been celebrating its 60th anniversary with one of its founders planting a tree at its grounds.

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe