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Suffolk rector used cellphone to film men in a public toilet

Suffolk rector used cellphone to film men in a public toilet

The Very Rev Martin Thrower, above, has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence for his voyeuristic behaviour in a shopping centre public toilet.

The rector of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley has also been suspended from all roles by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury in Ipswich.

According to this report, Thrower admitted two counts of voyeurism at an earlier hearing at Norwich Crown Court.

William Carter, prosecuting, said the 56-year-old was caught when a 17-year-old heard a noise above him as he sat on the toilet at the Buttermarket shopping centre in Ipswich, Suffolk.
The teenager saw someone’s hand holding a mobile phone that was filming him over the cubicle partition. He grabbed the phone and Thrower was arrested.

Judge Katharine Moore, sentencing him yesterday, told Thrower he had been “well-regarded” by those he helped.

She sentenced Thrower on each count to four months in prison, suspended for 24 months, to run concurrently.

Thrower was also ordered to complete a 60-day course to address sex offending behaviour and a further 30-day rehabilitation course.

When he was arrested after the August 4, 2016 incident, police found three further videos recorded on his phone that day, including of two men who had not noticed they were being filmed.

Officers later found, on further examination of the phone, almost 600 similar images.

They also found four similar videos on a computer seized from Thrower’s home, as well as evidence that Thrower had accessed “professionally made pornography” on the theme of men using a toilet.

Thrower admitted taking such footage “for a couple of years since 2014” at places including supermarkets and service stations, the court heard.

Stephen Nelson said in mitigation that Thrower was of previous good character, was “deeply remorseful” and added that the public gallery was full of people supporting him.

He said Thrower was under pressure at work:

And his health had suffered to the point where he felt he needed isolation and, for want of a better word, some form of experimentation.

Hat tip: John Gresham and BarrieJohn

10 responses to “Suffolk rector used cellphone to film men in a public toilet”

  1. Stephen Mynett says:

    “. . . and added that the public gallery was full of people supporting him.”

    I wonder if Stephen Nelson would use the same line for mitigation if he were defending a terrorist murderer. They often have people in the gallery who support their cause and violent actions.

    That has to be one of the most pathetic forms of defence used. It is also totally sick.

  2. Club Secretary says:

    I thought “Benefit of clergy” was abolished in 1823.

  3. Anthony Baker says:

    “he had been “well-regarded” by those he helped”.

    Yes, because the veneer of clerical respectability had fooled them. Like many clerics he used his “faith” as a flag of convenience to fly under the radar of those gullible folk who have not yet figured out that a goodly portion of the “pious” are the worst kind of liars, philanderers, deviants, thieves, tricksters, child rapists and con men. And it seems, as is very often the case, the associates of such guttersnipes fail to see though the saintly disguise when it is shredded into tatters.

  4. Paul says:

    Ah well there is a silver lining for him. If he reoffends and his sentence isn’t suspended, he would be in exactly the right place for being seen in men’s toilets and showers. And I’m sure the other men there would ‘prey’ for him.

  5. David Anderson says:

    He said Thrower was under pressure at work:
    And his health had suffered to the point where he felt he needed isolation and, for want of a better word, some form of experimentation.

    So The Very Rev Thrower’s god was of no fucking use to him then.

  6. Broga says:

    What stands out is the distance in so many priests from what they are to what they claim to be. This man whose job is as the bringer of news and truth from God, the Lord of the cosmos, the ultimate in purity and he skulks in a lavatory photographing men shitting.

    How do they reconcile what they preach to this kind of behaviour?

  7. Vanity Unfair says:

    The Bishop’s disciplinary tribunal has decided that during the term of the suspended sentence the Very Reverend Martin Thrower shall be re-classified as the Not Quite as Reverend as he Tried to Pretend Martin Thrower.

  8. sailor1031 says:

    The only thing the least bit intriguing about these sordid crimes is the sheer tasteless banality of them. Who would even want to do this. If he wants to see men crapping he should become an army chaplain in the Middle East…..

  9. Robster says:

    Room must be running low at the penitentiary’s Clergy wing.

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