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Sinister moment 'trusted' neighbour is caught rummaging through woman's knicker drawer while she is out - after she set up spy camera over fears someone kept going into her home

After drawing the curtains he crouches over Mrs Bulman's underwear drawer and starts rummaging through it

A woman was horrified to discover that a 'trusted neighbour' had broken into her home and rifled through her knicker drawer while she and her husband were away.
Sharon Bulman, 45, from Skelton, North Yorkshire, hid a secret camera in an owl cushion in her bedroom after growing suspicious that an intruder was getting into her home.
The hairdresser watched the footage in disgust as she saw good friend Steve Gill, 49, walking into her home and rummage through her belongings before committing a sex act with one of her pop socks.
Married HGV driver Gill had become friendly with Sharon and her firefighter husband James after they had moved into their three-storey townhouse seven years ago.
Gil offered to do odd jobs and look after their daughter if they were out.
But 18 months ago, Bulman became suspicious about his reasons for being helpful.
He had created a copy of a spare key given to him while they went away on holiday and used this to access their property when they were out.

Mrs Bulman, left, and with her husband James, right, said the incident had left her feeling 'disgusted, filthy and disappointed'

Mrs Bulman, a successful amateur runner, said that Gill had invaded her family's privacy in "the worst possible way."
She said: "The first time I wondered what was going on was one day that he was in having a coffee and I went upstairs to change into my running gear which was laid out on the landing.
"As I got ready I saw movement and caught sight of Steve running down the stairs. He later explained that he had gone up to look at our carpet which we'd had cleaned but now of course I believe differently.
"On another day as I was driving out of the estate I looked in my car's rear view mirror and got a shock because I thought I saw a figure standing in our house.
"James also caught Steve leaving our back gate with a can of WD40 and he said he looked very sheepish. He hurriedly explained to James that I'd been complaining about the back door squeaking.
"I'd said no such thing and we became convinced something was going on but I didn't know what, although I suspected he might be looking in my underwear drawer.
"I started deliberately leaving it slightly open and sure enough when I would get home it would be shut so someone had to be in there tampering with it.
"I would very often get texts from Steve saying: 'Hello lovely Sharon, when do you think you'll be getting home?'
"At the time I didn't think much of it, just that he was being friendly, but again it makes sense now because he wanted to know how much time he had undisturbed in our house.
"Once we really strongly suspected him James bought a camera from Argos and I hid it inside a cushion which had an owl on it. I took out one of the owl's eyes and the camera lens poked through.
"The camera was triggered by movement and it caught the whole thing as he walked into our bedroom.
"It was absolutely awful to see him walk into our room as though he owned the place, close the curtain,s have a peep outside and then head straight for my underwear drawer. It looked like something he'd become used to doing.
"Whilst he was doing what he did he was watching and rewinding a video on his phone. You can see the screen on the video and it appears to be a video of me just talking and close up.
"The whole thing is really creepy and unsettling, he was given a key because he offered to help us while we were on holiday in Cyprus but he's abused our trust in the worst possible way.
Gill admitting burglary and stalking, but dodged prison because he had never been in trouble before and being locked up would have an impact on his two sons and mother.
The court heard that his wife is standing by him. She was in the public gallery, and was one of a number of family and friends to write a letter of support for the judge to read.
He was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to go on a sex offenders' treatment programme, do 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £200 costs and £500 compensation to Sharon.
Judge Peter Armstrong told him: "It was quite extraordinary behaviour for a man of 49 with no previous convictions. 
"Suspecting things only happened when you were there, your neighbours carried out some detective work and eventually a camera caught you doing what has been rightly described as quite outrageous behaviour. 
"The most serious aspect of this case is the effect on Mrs Bulman. 
Andrew Turton, mitigating, said Gill was going through a troubled time in his marriage, and appeared to be getting depressed. 
He told the court: "Custody would have a devastating effect not only on him but also his family.
"There is clearly distorted thinking in terms of going through the act of entering the house and doing what he did. 
He has a good understanding about how his neighbour feels.' 
The lawyer added: "It is a disturbing case and an unusual case. It was not designed to cause distress because it was designed to carry out the nefarious activity in secret. 
"He was acting out a fantasy in a situation that was secret."
In a statement, Sharon told how Gill was becoming over-friendly towards her when she first noticed things out of place at her family's semi-detached home.
She said the ordeal has left her feeling "disgusted, filthy and disappointed" and said: "I thought he was a friend and could be trusted, but he has proved me wrong.
"I no longer want to be in my bedroom and have trouble sleeping. I feel like throwing my underwear out in case anything else has happened."

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