A woman was secretly filmed in her bedroom for more than 11 hours after she allowed a man into her home to feed her dog, a court has heard.
Vispy Bamboat is accused of covertly capturing images of the 42-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
It is alleged Bamboat set up a hidden camera in the woman’s loft before taping a voice recorder to the back of her clock to capture her every word and move without her knowing.
But yesterday Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that the 47-year-old put the equipment there with the “reasonable belief” that the woman was consenting to being taped.
He denies two charges of voyeurism.
Giving evidence during the first day of Bamboat’s trial the woman told jurors she had allowed him access to her home, in the Hilton area of Aberdeen, as she worked long shifts and needed someone to feed her dog.
She said it was towards the end of March last year that she discovered the first of the hidden devices.
The court heard that the woman had forgotten to put her clock in her bedroom forward during the weekend as she had been tired from work.
She said that as a result she waited until the Monday.
The court heard that as she took the clock off her bedroom wall she discovered what turned out to be the voice recorder strapped to the back of it with black tape.
Concerned about what she had found, the woman called her neighbour, who came round to her home.
They then noticed cracks on her ceiling and dust on her bedroom floor.
And when police were called they found another hidden camera poking out from an air vent.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that during his police interview Bamboat, of 175 Dalriada Crescent, Motherwell, told officers that he had taught himself how to set up and use the electronic equipment.
He admitted placing the recorders in the woman’s home.
When discussing the video camera, he told officers: “It was a lovely piece of equipment actually, I got it in Maplands.”
The court heard that although it is accepted Bamboat installed the recording devices he claims that he did so with the “belief or reasonable belief” that the woman knew what was going on.
Fiscal depute Elaine Ward asked the woman during her evidence in chief yesterday if she had ever been aware of Bamboats plans to instal equipment in her home.
She replied: “No.”
In a joint minute read out to the jury, the court heard it was agreed Bamboat had set up a digital voice recorder in the woman’s bedroom on March 23, 2014.
It was also agreed he installed a monitor in the property.
This captured about 46 minutes of audio recordings.
However, during police interview, Bamboat said that he had then set up the video camera, which captured 600 clips, totalling about 11 hours of footage.
He told officers he installed the device because he “could not catch anything on the voice recorder” he had taped to the back of the clock.
The trial, before Sheriff Graham Buchanan, continues.