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Married father secretly recorded dozens of men and boys using toilets was handed a sentence of probation.

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Andrew Tinsley received a suspended sentence on Wednesday at Antrim Crown Court

Andrew Tinsley received a suspended sentence on Wednesday at Antrim Crown Court

Andrew Tinsley received a suspended sentence on Wednesday at Antrim Crown Court

Filthy photographer Andrew Tinsley was back at his work selling cars on Friday – two days after he celebrated his birthday by avoiding going to jail.

The married father who was so obsessed with male genitalia he secretly recorded dozens of men and boys using toilets was handed a sentence of probation.

And the sleazy pervert showed how shameless he is as he went back to work the next day, serving members of the public in Dromore who had no idea about his criminal ‘hobby’.

Last week we revealed how the 46-year-old had stored 160 videos of kids and men going to the toilet and had also secretly been filming guests at his B&B.

Yet when we doorstepped him he didn’t much like having his photo taken himself – as he scurried back into his car showroom when he spotted our snapper.

Sentencing car dealer and guesthouse owner Andrew George Tinsley on his birthday at Antrim Crown Court, Judge Desmond Marrinan warned the pervert he was “very much on cusp” of going to prison.

“If I had any reliable evidence that the young victim in count 22 had suffered serious psychological damage, I would have had no hesitation in imposing a custodial sentence but notwithstanding the shock, there is no lasting psychological damage,” he said.

Instead, Tinsley was ordered to complete a two-and-a-half-year probation program with a warning that any breach would see him back in the dock.

Tinsley, from the Lurgan Road in Dromore, Co Down, had earlier entered guilty pleas to 18 sex offences.

Tinsley’s offending was discovered when a 14-year-old boy urinating in the toilets of CastleCourt shopping centre on January 26 2019 spotted the creep holding a mobile phone over the cubicle wall.

Knowing he was caught, Tinsley tried to run away, shoving shoppers to one side as he made a break for it but security staff were able to grab him and hold him until police arrived.

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Andrew Tinsley outside the car dealership.

Andrew Tinsley outside the car dealership.

Andrew Tinsley outside the car dealership.

Detectives searched his home, the guesthouse he owns and runs with his wife and his car dealership on Church Street in Dromore but nothing untoward was found.

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However, prosecuting counsel Rosemary Walsh said the phone he used to record the teenager was examined and in addition to that video, cops uncovered 160 other secretly recorded videos including 20 of other young boys and all of them bar one taken in toilets.

That one video, said Ms Walsh, was a video taken in one of the two guest bedrooms at the Coach House B&B Tinsley owns with his wife and while it only showed an unidentified guest setting a bag on to the bed, the fact that Tinsley bought and installed the covert camera “demonstrates an intention on the defendant’s part to commit offences of voyeurism and this does demonstrate a significant degree of planning on his part.”

It had also been reported that Tinsley had been an elder in a local gospel hall but it has transpired that is not accurate but his father, according to a church official, “is an esteemed elder and with breaking heart” it was announced to the congregation that his son had been excommunicated.

Sentencing Tinsley on Wednesday, Judge Marrinan said he “completely rejects” the pervert’s claims that “you did not have an unhealthy and wrongful interest in post pubescent males – disagree entirely with that and do not accept that plea made on your behalf”.

Similarly, the judge said he also rejected Tinsley’s claims the offences at CastleCourt were “opportunistic”.

“You made a decision to follow him and go into the adjoining cubicle. You were clearly hanging around the toilets with the view to doing that,” said the judge, who added however he did accept Tinsley’s claims of being “deeply ashamed”.

“Set against this there are a large number of relevant and important mitigating features,” said the judge, such as his “remorse and co-operation with the police,” his guilty pleas, clear record “and you do not pose a significant risk of serious harm”.

After Tinsley agreed to complete the 30-month probation order, Judge Marrinan also imposed a “necessary and proportionate” Sexual Offences Prevention Order which among its conditions prohibits him from owning any kind of camera device.

That order is to run until June 2026 and Tinsley must sign the police sex offenders register.

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