The Daily Telegraph
Scotland Yard detective secretly filmed naked models at photoshoots
‘He set up the rooms well in advance with covert devices planted in strategic places capturing the women while they were undressing before the shoots’
A SERVING Scotland Yard detective secretly filmed videos of naked models using spy cameras hidden in everyday objects including spectacles, phone chargers and clocks, a court has heard.
Detective Inspector Neil Corbel, 40, a former counter-terrorism specialist, planted the hidden devices in hotel rooms and rented flats before organising photoshoots with his victims.
Posing as a pilot with a sideline in photography he booked the models via the internet but promised them no videos would be taken.
But he was caught when a woman booked for a naked photoshoot became suspicious of a digital alarm clock and identified it as a spy camera.
After he was arrested, police found images of 51 women on his hard drive and were able to identify 19 victims, who made statements against him.
The offences – which did not take place while he was on duty – occurred in London, Manchester and Brighton between January 2017 and February last year.
Appearing at Westminster magistrates’ court, Corbel pleaded guilty to 19 voyeurism offences and faces a possible jail term when sentenced next month.
Outlining the case against Corbel, Babatunde Alabi, prosecuting, said most of his victims were models and all but one had not agreed to be videoed. He said: “He set up the rooms well in advance with covert devices planted in strategic places capturing the women while they were undressing before the shoots.”
The prosecutor also said from time to time Corbel would manoeuvre the models so the hidden cameras were able to catch intimate footage. “At least two of the models actually expressed concerns about devices which they thought were recording,” he said.
Mr Alabi said one of Corbel’s victims noticed a digital clock. “She made a note of the brand name”, he said.
“At one stage she went to the toilet and checked the name on the internet. What came up was spy cameras. As soon as the session ended she went to a police station and made a report about it.”
The court heard Corbel admitted in police interviews to “surreptitiously using covert devices”. “He admitted he was doing it, or recording them, for his own sexual gratification and admitted most of the models didn’t know about the videoing,” Mr Alabi said.
Edward Henry QC, for the defence, said reports from a forensic psychologist and an addiction specialist had been prepared as part of Corbel’s mitigation.
Corbel was working in the Met’s Continuous Policing Improvement command when he was arrested at his Hertfordshire home.
Det Ch Supt Marcus Barnett said: “These are grave and troubling offences. I am disappointed in the actions of the officer which are not representative of the high values and standards we expect, and I am saddened by the pain and hurt that he has caused.”