Ipswich: Burgling peeping Tom jailed after 140 photos and videos of women found at his home

Victor Tucker

Victor Tucker - Credit: Contributed

A burgling peeping Tom found to have more than 140 images and video clips of women taken on 31 different days has been jailed for four years.

Victor Tucker, of Lacey Street, Ipswich, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court after admitting a burglary and three counts of voyeurism.

The 45-year-old also asked for two further burglaries, four more offences of voyeurism and a public order offence to be taken into consideration.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp said two of the voyeurism charges related to two specific women who were appalled when they realised Tucker had spied on them.

The total number of women who appeared without their knowledge on the 141 clips found is not known.

Mr Crimp said the images found on six of the 29 remaining days showed no ‘objectionable activity’, leaving a further 23 dates where ‘objectionable’ footage had been recorded.

The clips had been taken through bathroom windows, letter boxes, and other windows.

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Tucker was caught after he broke into a house in Oxford Road, Ipswich, early in May.

A woman noticed a red bra she had left on a sofa had going missing. She then noticed alcohol had gone from the kitchen.

Tucker was arrested after a neighbour told police they had seen someone acting suspiciously.

During a search of his home a number of computer storage devices were found and a Nikon camera.

Mr Crimp said when the camera was checked it contained images of women who were naked or half naked.

Some of the women were coming out of a shower, some were drying their hair, others were getting ready.

The court was told the woman in Oxford Street recognised was very distressed when she recognised the images of her.

Mr Crimp said: “She had expressed upset and fear that a person had done that without her consent.”

Another woman, who lived in Hervey Street, was also very upset when she recognised herself, her underwear and the room as she was shown footage.

CCTV which led to Tucker’s arrest showed him carrying a ladder to the back of the premises in Oxford Road where it was put up against the bathroom window, the court heard.

Mr Crimp said Tucker had 13 convictions for 22 offences.

These date back nearly 30 years and Tucker’s pre-sentence report was said to have referred to long-standing predilection to offences of a similar nature.

Craig Marchant, representing Tucker, said a majority of previous burglaries his client had been involved in led to him taking underwear or clothes.

Tucker had lived in Ipswich after coming to Suffolk from Norwich in his 20s.

Judge David Goodin said the voyeurism offences were “deeply, deeply distressing” for the two women who identified themselves to police.

He sentenced Tucker to three years for burglary and an additional 12 months for voyeurism.

Tucker is also subject to a 10-year sexual offences prevention order and must sign the sex offenders’ register for an unlimited period of time.