A sailor who filmed women on the toilet and in the shower on
board a Navy ship has been sentenced to six months in a
military detention centre and dismissed.
Electronic technician David Timothy Simpson pleaded guilty to
25 charges at a Court Martial hearing in Devonport today.
Military police marched Simpson into the hearing where he
appeared before Judge Anne Gaskell and a panel of three Navy
The hearing had been set down for three days but Simpson's
case was dealt with today.
The hearing heard Simpson was able to remove a panel at the
back of one of the cubicles in the men's toilet. Behind it
was a narrow walkway which he walked down before finding a
gap in the wall.
According to the agreed summary of facts, Simpson was able to
look through the hole and see into the neighbouring women's
shower and toilet area.
He made at least 12 videos over two days on his iPhone and
later transferred them to his personal laptop.
But Simpson was caught out when three other crew members
noticed the panel had been disturbed and found him in the
"The accused acknowledged that he was looking through the
hole," the summary of facts said.
Simpson was challenged by one of the crew who told them
"they're only girls".
Simpson responded: "Not all of them are" and promised he
would not do it again.
The matter was referred up the chain of command.
Simpson's phone and laptop were seized and 49 videos were
The judge passed wide-ranging suppressing orders relating to
the case, without giving media the opportunity to be heard.
This means APNZ cannot identify the navy ship, its mission,
when the offending happened, who was on board, the ages of
those on board and the number of women on board.