Hexham man in court for second time accused of filming women in hospital toilets

John Adams has made a second appearance in court charged with secretly filming women and children as they used a toilet in a North East hospital

Paul Norris Hexham General Hospital
Hexham General Hospital

A suspected peeping Tom has made a second appearance in court charged with secretly filming women and children as they used a toilet in a North East hospital.

John Adams was in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with recording people at Hexham’s General Hospital.

He entered no pleas to six counts of voyeurism and three of making indecent images or movies of children.

The alleged offences took place between January 2009 and April 2013.

Two of the voyeurism charges relate to 19 women, while the other four were for an “unknown number” of women.

Derek Walden, prosecuting, told the court Adams allegedly filmed unsuspecting people as they went to the toilet located at the entrance of Hexham General Hospital, in Northumberland.

John Adams
John Adams
 

He also said it was alleged Adams, 53, of St Wilfrid’s Road, Hexham, secretly filmed up women’s skirts as they walked around stores in the town.

And it was allegedly when Adams sold an mp3 player to Cash Converters that a police investigation started.

Mr Walden said: “These offences were alleged to have happened over a considerable period of time and given the nature that they allegedly took place in a public toilet in a general hospital, this case, the Crown would represent, should be sent to the crown court.

“There are a number of aggravating features, so we would suggest your powers are insufficient.”

Zoe Passfield, defending, made no representations about where the case should be heard.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction and the case was sent to Newcastle Crown Court.

Adams, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, was bailed to be at the next hearing at the crown court on next month. Adams previously appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on January 9, when the case was adjourned until yesterday.

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