Home Bargains store assistant Daniel Gaskell rigged up his mobile phone in a women’s lavatory (Image: Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)
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A Home Bargains store assistant has been unmasked as a 'peeping Tom' after he rigged his mobile phone in a toilet to spy on women using the loo.
Daniel Gaskell, 28, sneaked into the women's toilet ahead of his shift and set his device to record before hiding it inside a cubicle.
The phone was discovered when a woman went into the cubicle, noticed a white light shining on the wall and turned round to see the device filming her.
She checked the phone and found footage of her along with Gaskell's hand and wrist captured in the video as he installed the device.
The woman was said to have felt "violated" by the discovery at the Greater Manchester store branch on February 8.
Gaskell faces being added to the Sex Offenders Register following his offending
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In a statement the unnamed woman said she viewed the footage briefly but deleted the video of herself as soon she spotted it.
She added: "I'm shocked and am going to be so panicked about going to the toilet, or anywhere in the future, in case there are cameras recording me.
"I feel physically sick that this may have happened to me."
She added: "I thought he may have recorded other people. I had gone to the toilet expecting personal privacy. I felt that I was violated."
At Wigan Magistrates Court, engaged father-of-one Gaskell, of Radcliffe, admitted attempting to observe a person doing a private act. He now faces having to sign on the Sex Offender Register.
Prosecutor Eileen Rogers said Gaskell He left his mobile phone set to record in the ladies' toilet area and the victim found it while she was in the bathroom.
Gaskell's victim said she felt 'violated' by his spying
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"She realised immediately there was a phone inside the cubicle."
Gaskell was later able to be identified due to a bracelet that he wore – which appeared on his hand in the footage, Ms Rogers told the court.
"She recognised it was recording. She stopped it and did view it, but then deleted it and reported the matter."
The manager also saw the phone and gave it to the police, Ms Rogers said.
"Evidence was found in the ladies' toilet. (The victim) told police she was incensed by what she'd seen. She felt violated by what had taken place."
"She locked the door then turned and saw a white light shining on the wall. She turned around facing the door of the toilet. She has then seen the phone was propped up, and the screen showed it was recording. She went to stop the recording.
The prosecutor told the court Gaskell had no previous convictions.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Rahil Khan said: "Mr Gaskell was an exemplary employee at Home Bargains. He had been there for ten years and his actions on February 8 were very unusual indeed.
"He had severe mental health difficulties and there was some form of breakdown taking place. He is very emotional because he is ashamed and embarrassed.
"He can't explain why he committed this offence, why he placed his mobile phone in the toilet. Afterwards two police officers located him standing on some train tracks and they had to persuade him to come away from them.
"It seemed that he was going to seriously harm himself at the time. He makes a full admission. The one thing that he does not accept is that there was any intent of sexual gratification.
"He has a partner and a child. He has been to the Samaritans to seek help for his mental health and has had ongoing counselling. Everything that was wrong on February 8, he has done to try to put right."
Gaskell was remanded on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at a later date.