Man banned from having cameras in public after taking up-skirt shots
A man who said he took pictures up women’s skirts because he was bored has been banned from having cameras in public places.
Christopher Cole targeted women in supermarkets over a 10-month period, making at least 59 videos, 27 of which showed women’s backsides.
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The true number could be higher after he admitted that he deleted some footage once he’d watched it.
He was caught at Asda in Blyth, Northumberland, when a woman reported him to a security guard.
Since his crimes came to light Cole has lost his job.
However, he was spared jail after admitting outraging public decency and was instead given a three-year community order at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.
The ban prevents him from possessing a camera, including on a mobile phone, in shops, on public transports and in other public places.
District Judge Bernard Begley said Cole had shown ‘very little’ victim empathy. He added: ‘You’re an intelligent man, I hope you will learn from this experience.
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‘You have already lost your employment but there is nothing I can do about that – that’s a natural consequence of what’s happened here.’
When he was arrested in July and admitted to police that he’d been capturing footage on a camera in his motorbike helmet since September 2016.
He told police: ‘Boredom set in and I did it to see what I would get. Initially, I did it to see if I could get up-skirt shots of attractive females.’
He said that he got ‘some sexual gratification’ and defended it saying he was having marital problems.
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Stewart Hay, defending him, said: ‘He’s an intelligent man. He’s got a degree and he was doing a PhD at university. There were problems there and there was some mental health issues.
‘His job has now been lost. This man was in the newspapers and, as a result, he’s lost his job.
‘This is a man who is 38-years-old with no previous convictions and he’s done something bizarre. There must be a mental health aspect to what he’s done.’
Cole was made subject of the Criminal Behaviour Order for three years and must pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.