Farhan Mian, 32, who suffered from muscular dystrophy and uses breathing apparatus, made secret videos of three workers at his home in west London. Mian, who required round the clock care, placed cameras he could control from his computer in the bathroom and bedroom of the house where the nurses lived with him. Some of the cameras were concealed in the eyes of rabbits painted on a bed headboard.
Another camera was focused on the bathroom and film has been recovered showing one of the carers shaving her public hair. Prosecutor Tim Starkey said: ‘Mr Farhan Mian is a severely disabled male who requires 24 hour care.
‘He is accused of using cameras installed in the bathroom and carers bedroom to watch his female carers without their clothes on and carrying out private acts such as going to the toilet or shaving their legs or vagina. ‘The prosecution case is that he did this for his own sexual gratification.’ Mr Starkey said one carer, who later found a camera installed in her headboard, was filmed while shaving herself. ‘She was a live in carer for Mr Mian from February 2010 to September 2012.
‘She was filmed in the bathroom using the toilet, undressing, shaving her legs and her vagina in the shower. ‘At times the camera is directed towards her and “zooms in”. ‘She was unaware she was being filmed in this way and did not consent to it..’ The footage was captured from two cameras, one installed in the carers bedroom and one in the bathroom.
They could be controlled by Mian’s computer and were capable of swivelling 360 degrees with “zoom in” capabilities. Other private acts were caught by the 32-year-old. One carer told how Mian had redecorated her room pink with the rabbits or bunnies painted on the bed’s headboard, while she was away on holiday in June 2011. She told jurors her world ‘turned upside down’ when she discovered cameras placed in the eyeholes of the bunnies, directly above her head.
Mian then allegedly offered her £3,000 to ‘keep her mouth shout’ after she threatened to call the police. She said: ‘My room had been renovated all in pink and purple.’ ‘On the headboard in my bed with two playboy bunnies facing each other. ‘My sister-in-law discovered I had cameras in my bedroom in the headboard. They were just above my head. ‘The cameras were going through the bunnies eyes. ‘The bunnies were pained on the headboard.
When she asked what they were Mian said they were ‘ventilation for his computers’ in the cupboard behind her room. The carer recalled: ‘I was so angry I pulled the board off the wall, and the cameras were hanging there. ‘I was cross and very upset and angry. I didn’t know what to do. ‘It feels like your world is turned upside down, you don’t know what happened or what’s been done. ‘I said I will call the police. He offered me £3,000 to keep my mouth shut, and I said no.
Police were called to his flat in July 10, 2011 following her discovery, but she decided not to provide a statement. ‘He apologised to me, saying I know I did wrong,’ she said. Mian claimed the decision to set up the cameras was consensual after they struck up a sexual relationship. But a jury of six men and six women rejected Mian’s version of events, taking a day and a half of deliberations to find him guilty of four counts of voyeurism.
Graham Smith, defending, claimed Mian fell ‘passionately and madly’ in love with the carer and they had a sexual affair. Mian, of Banstead Court, Westway, Shepherd’s Bush, denied but was convicted by a jury of four counts of voyeurism. He was spared jail and instead handed a six-month community order at Isleworth Crown Court on November 10. Judge Giles Curtis-Raleigh also handed him a sexual harm prevention order to last for five years.