Teacher, 37, who wrongly suspected his wife of having an affair faces jail after he spied on her

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Teacher, 37, who wrongly suspected his wife of having an affair faces jail after he spied on her

A teacher who wrongly suspected his wife of having an affair spied on her with secret cameras and tracking devices on her car.

Gavin Bowditch, 37, was convinced partner Helen was seeing someone else and turned to surveillance in a bid to find proof.

He attached a tracking device to her car and concealed a secret video camera under the couple's TV, Taunton Magistrates heard.

Bowditch, a supply teacher, also accessed her emails and sent Facebook messages purporting to be from his vet wife to a man he believed she was seeing, the court was told.

He is now facing jail after she discovered his scheme and reported him to police.

Bowditch, of Fiddington, Somerset, admitted his actions but denied they amounted to stalking which had caused serious alarm or distress.

But the teacher, who worked at The Castle School in Taunton, Somserset, was found guilty following a trial and faces 'immediate custody' when he is sentenced at a later date.

District Judge David Taylor said today: 'There is no doubt Bowditch posed as Mrs Bowditch to contact a male in an attempt to find out information.

'He installed a tracking device in her car. In interview he made clear it was to monitor her movements to see if she was having an affair.

'Allegations about a certain camera device underneath the TV, it seems to me that admission also demonstrates the intention Bowditch had, the intention to monitor and track his wife.'

The judge added: 'The target is plainly Mrs Bowditch. That's the reason he had gone to the extremes of covertly installing a tracking device in her vehicle.

'It matters not she was unaware these things were happening, the fact she learned about it later on is relevant, when she did find out I'm quite satisfied it led to alarm and distress.

'I'm sure there was a course of conduct, conduct that can be described as improper, oppressive and calculated to produce alarm and distress.

'I'm quite satisfied that posing as her on Facebook and installing a tracking device are actions that can be described and associated with stalking.'

The court heard Bowditch and his wife had been married for seven years and lived together until March this year. They are now getting divorced.

Mrs Bowditch told the court her husband's actions has left her feeling constantly tired, led to her making mistakes in her job as a veterinary nurse and caused her anxiety and panic attacks.

She has moved house to a secret location, insists the gates are locked at her place of work, stopped using Facebook and her phone and changed her route to work.

Bowditch told police he had suffered a number of medical problems last year leading to him suffering from paranoia, the court heard.

His lawyer James Mumford previously told a court that he recognised his behaviour was 'not acceptable and not justifiable' and said any normal person would think he was 'a lunatic'.

A court heard, Mrs Bowditch conceded she had given her husband non-secure access to her social media account, letting her have an old mobile phone.

Mrs Bowdtich also admitted that she did not 'fear physical harm' and was initially reluctant to contact police.

Source: Mail Online

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