Montrose man sentenced for filming men in Aberdeen supermarket toilets

An Angus man has been placed on the sex offenders register for three years after he secretly filmed men in the toilets of a north-east supermarket.

Website designer Martyn Smith, 25, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after having pled guilty to recording a man in the toilets of Asda at Garthdee, Aberdeen.

The charge also stated Smith recorded other men, whose identities are unknown.

The offence took place on September 4 last year.

Depute fiscal Sally McAuley said a man was using a urinal when he saw a camera above a cubicle door.

Ms McAuley said: “Initially he thought someone had left it, but saw the object moving.”

The court heard the man saw someone leaving the toilets and ran after him.

The man he followed was Smith, who admitted he had been taking pictures.

Police were contacted, and when interviewed Smith admitted taking pictures and videos of men for “sexual gratification”.

He told police that the filming had gone on for 20 minutes and that he had deleted the images after.

Smith’s defence agent said that her client was gay, but that none of his friends or family knew.

During sentencing Smith’s defence agent told the court: “He is truly and genuinely remorseful for his actions.”

Sheriff Graeme Napier told Smith, of Bents Road, Montrose, that he would hand him a community payback order.

As well as being on the sex offenders register, Smith will be under supervision for three years, and he will also have to attend the Tay Project, which is operated by Angus Council.

Sheriff Napier warned Smith that if he did not comply he would have to come back to court.