A DOCTOR who used a network of hidden cameras to record patients, friends and colleagues on the toilet has been given an eight-year sentence – as footage of him fixing a covert device into place was released by police.
World-renowned hearing specialist Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh admitted seven counts of voyeurism, six counts of making an indecent photograph of a child and one of possessing extreme pornography when he appeared at Croydon Crown Court.
The 62-year-old from Malaysia was caught only when a tiny camera he fixed to a communal toilet at the privately-run St Anthony’s Hospital in south London, fell into view.
On it, shocked staff found images of themselves using the toilet, as well as footage inadvertently capturing Yeoh fixing the device with Blu-Tack. The 20-second clip of Yeoh was yesterday released by Metropolitan Police.Sentencing Yeoh to the “substantial” jail term of eight years in prison, Recorder Warwick McKinnon described the offending as “nefarious and despicable”. He said: “The sheer scale, the gravity, the ingrained and compulsive behaviour demonstrated by the offences is significantly important. You are considered a high risk to the public.”
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One of Yeoh ‘s victims waved sarcastically as the shamed doctor was led from the court to begin the sentence.
Speaking outside court, police said Yeoh was “one of the most prolific non-contact offenders ever investigated”. Victims as young as three were discovered on a secret stash of 1,100 images and video files hidden in Yeoh’s home in Banstead, following his arrest on 14 April.
Prosecutor Peter Clement described the offending as “sophisticated, organised, planned and long-running”, and said the renowned doctor “grossly abused” the high degree of trust placed in him.
He added: “The [voyeurism] offending was vast and beyond any previously investigated by the Met. His intention was sinister, indecent and criminal.”
The court heard the offending dated back to 1 January 2011, but Yeoh’s behaviour is likely to have begun earlier as it would take another two years for police to examine the huge volume of files found on a range of devices.
Yeoh’s footage was captured using a network of devices including pen drives and camera-watches, and labelled with “graphic descriptions” that included dates and names. Footage included a woman changing her sanitary towel, while another was marked “have period”. He spliced together sections of film to create compilations, the court heard.
When Yeoh was arrested, a USB hanging around his neck contained clips labelled “Cardiff Train Teenager”.
His offending took place in a number of locations across the country, including Portland Hospital in central London, and medical facilities in Exeter, Sutton, Nottingham and Thames Ditton.
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