Video recordings found in accused sleepwatcher’s home

Sleepwatcher trial Day Three

This photo taken by Halifax Police shows tapes in the accused's apartment
This photo taken by Halifax Police shows tapes in the accused’s apartment. Photo: Paula Sanderson

After climbing a ladder and crawling through an open window, Sgt. Don Steinburg walked into Barry Sinclair’s Dartmouth apartment on Portland Street and found camcorder tapes, sketches of women and a bag of women’s clothing, Nova Scotia Supreme Court heard Wednesday.

The two tapes found had video clips of women in their rooms. The court heard these clips were captured without the women’s knowledge.

Sinclair is standing trial for five counts of voyeurism and two counts of break and enter.

The court was shown an edited version of the video.

The women in the clips were in various states of undress. One was waxing, another dressing and undressing in front of a mirror, and another was sitting on her bed in a camisole. One woman was briefly shown wearing underwear, kneeling in her closet.

The court heard that a portion of the original tape not included was of one of the women masturbating.

Two of the women testified in court, confirming it was them in the clips and that the images had been filmed without their consent.

One woman described the feeling as “unsettling.” She said that she was “rattled” by the experience and felt “violated.”

The second woman said that she felt “violated” and “creeped out.”

Halifax Police took a photo of the women's clothing found at the apartment of the accused. Photo: Paula Sanderson
Halifax Police took a photo of the women’s clothing found at the apartment of the accused. Photo: Paula Sanderson

The cat

Between the clips, shots of a black and white cat playing with red yarn in an apartment were shown.

Lead Detective Kim Robinson told the court the images from the cat clips matched the photos from Sinclair’s apartment. She noticed that the dresser and the chair were similar.

Steinburg told the court during his search there was no cat in the apartment.

The cellphone

The cellphone found at Shirley Street and discussed earlier in trial was discussed again in court on Wednesday.

Robinson produced a Bell Aliant phone record stating the phone found at Shirley Street on Sept. 15, 2011, was subscribed to by Barry Sinclair.

Court resumes Thursday.

 

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