A man and a woman have been fined £1,000 after a court heard they were “gaming” their massage chair in a bid to get closer to their loved ones after they were admitted to hospital.
The pair, who are both from the Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a patient, in a court in Northumberland.
The court heard the couple had a video camera in the chair, which they said was used to capture their intimate scenes.
The patient, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was in a wheelchair and the video camera showed them engaging in sex acts.
The couple, who have been banned from all public and private activities in the UK for the rest of their lives, have been given two years’ probation and are prohibited from having contact with the patient or anyone under the age of 18.
The defendant’s partner, who is also a member of the church, was also found guilty of one count each of causing the patient undue distress and for causing unnecessary distress.
Judge Ian Wilson told the court: “The patient was a woman, in her early 60s.
The video camera was in the right position.
It was a video recording device.
I accept that you were recording your sexual encounters with that patient.”
‘Totally inappropriate’ The court was told that after the victim had given her consent to the couple’s conduct she was taken to the ambulance, where she said she could see a video of them having sex in the bed.
Judge Wilson said: “I am going to conclude that the patient had not consented to this conduct and it was completely inappropriate for you to do that.”
You were in a position to be filming, so it is wholly inappropriate that you would use the footage of them in that way.
“You’ve got to get him away from me. “
I have a real problem with this guy,” the court heard.
“You’ve got to get him away from me.
You’ve got no idea what’s going to happen.”
The judge added that the defendant had previously been convicted of domestic violence and he was concerned the victim’s family would be hurt.
“Your behaviour in this case was entirely inappropriate and it does not fit in any of those categories of criminal behaviour.”
The defendant was given a 12-month supervision order.
In sentencing, the judge said: ‘This was a serious case of domestic abuse and a serious breach of trust.
It must have been quite traumatic.’
I think this is a huge shame and I am very pleased that it has been brought to a conclusion.
‘The victim is still recovering and she will be left with the immense task of trying to rebuild her life.’
The judge also said the defendant should not be allowed to continue working as a massage therapist in the future.