A British Airways steward was caught using his mobile phone to watch a man on the toilet at Heathrow, a court heard.
Andrea Cesqui, 36, who worked at reception in the VIP lounge at the airport, was caught by his stunned victim after the steward put his mobile phone over the top of the cubicle doors, magistrates heard.
The complainant had gone in there to urinate – but came out and confronted the “extremely nervous and agitated” defendant after catching him, the Daily Star reports.
He demanded to see the phone before making a complaint to BA staff, Uxbridge Magistrates Court heard.
Cesqui, who was in his BA uniform at the time beneath a hoodie, has now been fined £800 and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
He has also lost his job at BA after the incident at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on October 21 last year.
He was eventually brought to justice after his image was circulated amongst British Airways staff in an attempt to track him down.
Now he has pleaded guilty to voyeurism.
Prosecutor Beata Murphy said: “On October 21, the victim entered the men’s toilet of Terminal 5, went to the far-right cubicle and began to urinate.
“But he noticed that somebody had placed a mobile phone over the top of the cubicle doors. He could see the top of the phone with its rear side camera lens exposed. He looked into the lens and the person holding the phone immediately pulled the phone down.”
Ms Murphy told the hearing the victim opened his cubicle door and saw the man leave the cubicle next to him.
She said he confronted Cesqui outside the toilets and demanded to see his phone.
Cesqui, who now lives in Malaga, only showed him “the back of the folder” and not the most recent files – which revealed multiple photos of different men’s genitals.
The court heard the victim then went to get a security guard but Cesqui had disappeared by the time they returned.
Ms Murphy said: “The defendant had a suitcase and backpack, suggesting that he may have been a passenger.
“However, the complainant believes he saw a uniform underneath his hoodie similar to those worn by airside passengers which would identify him as a Heathrow employee.
“CCTV showed him wearing what appeared to be British Airways uniform so his image was circulated to a selected few British Airways employees with a view to identify him.”
He was eventually arrested after a member of BA staff identified him in the Heathrow Terminal 5 staff canteen on November 19 and called police.
His mobile phone was checked and there were numerous images of male genitals on it, although none were of a “voyeuristic nature” and the subjects “appeared to be aware the photos were being taken”.
James Riley, defending, said Cesqui now works in a call centre and lost his job at British Airways as a result of the voyeurism charge.
He said: “It was a stupid thing to do and it was a one-off thing. As a result of this foolish act on his behalf, he has lost his job working for British Airways as cabin crew.
“He has no prospects of coming back to live in this country.”
Sentencing him, chair of the bench Anthony Dorothy said: “We believe there is a degree of planning involved here. The placement of the mobile phone etc. It does not pass the custody threshold, therefore we are going to deal with this by way of a fine.”