Landlord installed in camera to watch tennants in bathroom

A ROCKHAMPTON government department worker wanted to keep his eye on his female tenants every time they were about to take their showers.

To do this the home owner, Paul Beatson, planted two small digital recording cameras on towel hooks in their bathroom.

Beatson, 52, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to two counts of attempting to observe or record the two women and breach their privacy, and one charge of possessing tainted property.

Yesterday the court heard Beatson rented out the top half of his Wandal property to the two women, while he lived in the lower area.

Police Prosecutor Paige Barrow said Beatson told the women he wanted access to their bathroom to carry out maintenance work.

Ms Barrow told the court when one tenant walked out of the shower, she noticed the two small cameras.

The court heard Beatson installed the recording devices because he was sure they were privately discussing moving out without paying Beatson rent and other costs.

The court heard Beatson planted the cameras in the bathroom because "that's where they were likely to discuss moving out".

Beatson's defence lawyer David Mills said his client had not activated the cameras and nothing was recorded.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove fined Beatson $3000. The cameras were forfeited to the Crown.

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