Wilkins secretly taped a series of sexual liaisons with lovers, including TV and radio presenters, using a hidden camera in his bedroom, his bathroom and another in the fire alarm directly above a bed in his London flat. They were linked to his computer, which allowed him to transfer the films to DVD. The sex tapes were made over a three-year period from 2005, but Wilkins dismantled the system before his girlfriend, who he had a son with, moved into the home.
His girlfriend found and watched a film, then sent it to the woman involved who decided to go to the police. A victim impact statement made by one of the women, who cannot be identified, was read to the court. She said she was too ashamed to tell her family what had happened, adding it left her "feeling violated, dirty and sick" and needing counselling after she found out what he had done.
The judge said the effect on the women that had been filmed had to be considered when sentencing Wilkins. "What you did represents a cruel, selfish betrayal of the trust they put in you," the BBC quoted the judge as saying. Wilkins pleaded guilty to 11 charges of voyeurism at Camberwell Magistrates'' Court earlier this year.
"Of course, he has had to inform his own family which has been a shock for his elderly mother," Nicola Kay, defending Wilkins, added. He has been ordered to sign the sex offenders'' register for 10 years.