A MEMBER of staff at Solihull Hospital has admitted setting up a video camera to catch patients and staff using the toilet at the hospital.

Blundering Samuel Zelenak, 32, was caught when the camera was discovered - and investigators found he had accidentally filmed himself setting it up.

The clear video showed Zelenak looking straight at the camera, and even caught his name on his identity tag, Solihull Magistrates Court was told.

The court was told how Zelenak, of Standfast Road, Bristol, was working as an administrator at Solihull Hospital when he planted the device in a disabled toilet.

Zelenak pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said on May 12, 2011, a housekeeping attendant was doing his rounds on the first floor of the hospital and went into the disabled male toilet.

Mr Stoddart said the attendant was picking up toilet paper when he saw a car key fob which had been stuck to an under ledge next to the toilet.

The attendant was suspicious of the object and because of his background in IT, recognised the device as a covert camera which had been stuck on with adhesive labels.

He said: “On the card was found to be footage of adult males, some members of staff, some outpatients, using the toilet.”

Mr Stoddart described the images as ‘illicit’ but added that no-one was identifiable.

The court heard that Zelenak, who had been working at the hospital for a year, was foiled because he “had looked into the camera at one point” and his identification badge had come into view.

Mr Stoddart said that when interviewed Zelenak: “Confirmed that he wore his hospital photo identification badge on his uniform.”

The court heard that the images had not been shown to anyone else.

Adam Carrolan, defending, said Zelenak was of previous good character but his actions had been a clear breach of trust.

Zelenak was released on conditional bail and is next due to appear before the court on October 5, pending a pre-sentence report.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said on May 12, 2011, a housekeeping attendant was doing his rounds on the first floor of the hospital and went into the disabled male toilet.

Mr Stoddart said the attendant was picking up toilet paper when he saw a car key fob which had been stuck to an under ledge next to the toilet.

The attendant was suspicious of the object and because of his background in IT, recognised the device as a covert camera which had been stuck on with adhesive labels.

He said: “On the card was found to be footage of adult males, some members of staff, some outpatients, using the toilet.”

Mr Stoddart described the images as ‘illicit’ but added that no-one was identifiable.

The court heard that Zelenak, who had been working at the hospital for a year, was foiled because he “had looked into the camera at one point” and his identification badge had come into view.

Mr Stoddart said that when interviewed Zelenak: “Confirmed that he wore his hospital photo identification badge on his uniform.”

The court heard that the images had not been shown to anyone else.

Adam Carrolan, defending, said Zelenak was of previous good character but his actions had been a clear breach of trust.

Zelenak was released on conditional bail and is next due to appear before the court on October 5, pending a pre-sentence report.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said on May 12, 2011, a housekeeping attendant was doing his rounds on the first floor of the hospital and went into the disabled male toilet.

Mr Stoddart said the attendant was picking up toilet paper when he saw a car key fob which had been stuck to an under ledge next to the toilet.

The attendant was suspicious of the object and because of his background in IT, recognised the device as a covert camera which had been stuck on with adhesive labels.

He said: “On the card was found to be footage of adult males, some members of staff, some outpatients, using the toilet.”

Mr Stoddart described the images as ‘illicit’ but added that no-one was identifiable.

The court heard that Zelenak, who had been working at the hospital for a year, was foiled because he “had looked into the camera at one point” and his identification badge had come into view.

Mr Stoddart said that when interviewed Zelenak: “Confirmed that he wore his hospital photo identification badge on his uniform.”

The court heard that the images had not been shown to anyone else.

Adam Carrolan, defending, said Zelenak was of previous good character but his actions had been a clear breach of trust.

Zelenak was released on conditional bail and is next due to appear before the court on October 5, pending a pre-sentence report.