A Peeping Tom who was facing jail after spying on a teenage girl in her underwear has walked free from court.
Roofer Alan Martin Meah climbed up on scaffolding at the girl’s Sunderland home to look in through her bedroom window.
Meah, 36, of General Graham Street, had denied a voyeurism charge but was convicted after a trial at Sunderland Magistrates Court.
The girl told the court she had been in her room around 7am: “I had my bra and my trousers on,” she said. She had seen something out of the corner of her eye a couple of times, but ignored it: “The third time, I noticed a man was looking in my window. I think he was staring at me getting ready.”
The girl’s father said he had looked out of the window to see a man dressed in a high visibility jacket jump off the scaffolding, run out of the garden and climb into a company van.
Magistrates adjourned the case for reports, leaving all sentencing options open - including jail - and agreed it should be classed as a Category One offence, the most serious possible.
He is a gentleman who still remains in employment. He will not be involved in anything like this in the future - when he goes on a job, he is always accompanied by another person.Chris Wilson
Meah appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates court for sentence.
Chris Wilson, for Meah, told the court his client had admitted going to the girl’s house early in the morning of February 10 to collect a ladder but had denied climbing onto the scaffolding.
“Mr Meah has to accept the finding of the court that he is guilty of the offence but certainly there are a number of inconsistencies in the evidence that arise,” he said.
The girl had described seeing a white face, while Meah was of Asian descent, and had failed to pick him out when shown a selection of photographs.
“Mr Meah does not accept that he climbed the ladder. He does not accept that he looked through the window. The court found that he did,” said Mr Wilson.
“Although the case was adjourned for all options, I would submit this is a case that could be dealt with within the community band.
“He is a gentleman who still remains in employment. He will not be involved in anything like this in the future - when he goes on a job, he is always accompanied by another person.”
Magistrates agreed to go along with a probation service recommendation and sentenced Meah to two year’s supervision with 40 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.
He was fined £300 and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.