Devon

Peeping tom watched woman shower at Okehampton campsite

A peeping tom watched a naked woman while she showered at a Devon campsite, Exeter Magistrates' Court has heard.

When the victim spotted a pair of men's shoes beneath the shower cubicle curtain she pulled it aside and saw Nicholas Cook staring at her.

The 29-year-old, of St Cuthbert's Stable, Wells, Somerset, ran off when she shouted and swore at him.

Cook admitted voyeurism and was ordered to pay his victim £500 compensation. He was also fined £200 plus £100 costs.

The court heard the woman called Devon and Cornwall Police and later saw Cook, who had changed his clothes, at the campsite's reception.

'Skin crawl'

When he was arrested, Cook initially denied he was the voyeur but he later admitted his guilt.

Cook, who claimed he was hung-over from the night before, said he had played a practical joke the day before on his wife in the shower.

He said he now recognised the distress and embarrassment he had caused the victim, but added there had been no physical contact between them in the short lived incident.

The victim, a married mother, said the incident had "made her skin crawl" and left her feeling "insecure, scared, sick and dirty".

Magistrates did not put Cook on the sex offenders register, saying they accepted it was a "prank that went wrong".

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