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My boyfriend secretly took pictures of me naked while I slept – I found over 30 photos & got him slapped with jail term.

 A STUDENT nurse has told how her world fell apart when she discovered her partner had been taking explicit photographs of her as she slept, showered and dressed.

Mum-of-one Lucy Lear found a stash of over 30 intimate images - taken secretly over a three year period - of her naked and partly-clothed body stored on Dale Bastin’s phone.


Lucy is a mum-of-one who was in a long-term relationship with partner Dale

Lucy is a mum-of-one who was in a long-term relationship with partner DaleCredit: Supplied
Lucy and Dale in happier times
Lucy and Dale in happier timesCredit: Supplied

But it took the courts an astonishing year-and-a-half to prosecute sick Bastin, 26, for voyeurism. 

He was given a six-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and put on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Lucy, 24, who has waived her legal right to anonymity, said: "The photographs were taken in my own home where I should have been safe.

"I loved Dale Bastin but after what he’s done to me I don’t think I’ll ever trust a man again.’

Lucy says she was a love-struck 16-year-old when she got together with Dale.

"He was two years older than me and I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world," she says.

Two years later, in November 2015, the young couple welcomed their daughter into the world. 

Lucy, who was just 18 at the time, remembers: "Cradling her in my arms after a long, traumatic labour, I knew my life had changed forever.

"From now on, she would always come first. I was a mum with responsibilities and I grew up fast."

When Grace was three months old, Lucy moved into her own place.

"But while I embraced family life, Dale didn’t fully commit," she recalls. "He stayed over when it suited him but didn’t officially move in." 


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