A Royal Mail postman who was busted by a woman's husband for filming her exercising has managed to escape a prison sentence.
Nicholas Apps had been the local postie in Southbourne, Bournemouth, for four years, but was found to have wandered into the back garden of a woman after finding her on Facebook so that he could film her doing her exercises in nothing but her underwear.
The 49-year-old was trying to film the woman working out on a rowing machine in a state of undress when her husband arrived home and caught him in the act.
Needless to say, the woman's husband wasn't particularly impressed with what he discovered and ended up calling the police, who arrived and arrested Apps.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism at Poole Magistrates' Court, but the judge eventually let him away with only a suspended sentence.
Apps had worked for the Royal Mail for 15 years and was very popular with local residents. You can be pretty certain that he won't be delivering any mail to that house ever again.
Richard Oakley, the prosecutor, said: "The lady was exercising on her rowing machine at home in the rear of her property.
"She had no clothing on apart from her underpants. He [Apps] approached the address to deliver mail, as a postman, went round to the rear and began filming her as she was rowing.
"He told police he was unsure if he was aroused at the time but accepted it may well have provided some form of sexual gratification later on. He said he likes to film women he considers to be sexy."
In his defence, Apps claimed that he had only gone around the back of the house to try to find someone because he had put the wrong thing through their letter box. He claimed that there was no answer at the front, so he tried to head around the back of the house.
Poole Magistrates Court. Credit: Google
In court, a statement was read on behalf of the victim who said that she was left 'shaken' by the invasion of her privacy.
Apps was eventually sentenced to an eight week prison sentence, suspended for two years. He must also sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and must pay an amount of £200 to the victim.
As soon as the charges were levelled against him, he was suspended from his position as a postman for the Royal Mail. He left the company back in 2017.
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