Doctor used Hidden Cameras to Spy on Women

A 33-year-old doctor from Norwich hacked personal photo accounts and used hidden cameras to spy on women.

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"There were sexually explicit photos and videos"

Vinesh Godhania, aged 33, of Norwich, was jailed for two years and eight months after he secretly recorded a number of females.

St Albans Crown Court heard he hacked personal photo accounts and used hidden cameras to spy on housemates, colleagues and the mother of a child patient.

The offences were committed from 2012 until 2020 when Godhania was a medical student and then went on to qualify as a doctor.

Godhania used a pinhole camera, hidden in an electric toothbrush, to spy on women at his home having sex, taking showers and using the bathroom.

He also accessed victims’ iCloud accounts, downloading nude photos, sexual acts and intimate chats.

It was also heard that he used keylogging software on NHS computers to fraudulently obtain data relating to both colleagues and passwords.

An investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) was launched after it was found that Godhania had been paying fees to a data breach search engine.

The doctor’s home was raided in November 2020 and police seized a tower, computer and USB sticks.

Prosecutors said Godhania had been “storing data on hundreds of different women”.

The court heard he secretly filmed doctors, nurses and the mother of a child patient at Basildon Hospital and a colleague at Scunthorpe.

Prosecutor Michael Roques said: “There were sexually explicit photos and videos along with email and social media account details and passwords.”

The prosecution said he had compiled profiles of 2,000 potential targets.

Godhania pleaded guilty to seven counts of voyeurism and eight counts of unauthorised access to computer material.

One victim said: “He has had an enormous impact on my life. His wife is one of my best friends.”

The mother of the child patient said:

“I am relieved my children were not the focus. The incident will stay with me for a long time.”

James Scobie QC, defending, said there was no indication Godhania distributed the material.

He said: “The defendant stopped being a doctor in 2016 because he appreciated what breach of trust he was involved with.

“He found it very difficult to live with himself.”

Judge Richard Foster said the offences had a “devastating effect” on his victims’ lives.

Godhania was jailed for two years and eight months. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order indefinitely.

After sentencing, Detective Sergeant Ian Russell, from ERSOU’s cybercrime unit, said:

“These were despicable actions by a man in a position of trust, and I’m really pleased he will now be facing time behind bars.

“I’d like to thank the victims for their bravery throughout this case.

“It’s thanks to their support and courage that Godhania has been jailed.

“This abhorrent behaviour is never acceptable and we will work hard to ensure that those who look to take advantage of others in this sickening way are identified and made to face the consequences of their actions.”

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