SHOE CAM PERV FILMED UP SKIRTS IN Hav­ing a crack­ing hol, Paris? Caught just hours af­ter leav­ing sex of­fend­ers’ class

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A PEEP­ING Tom was caught us­ing a se­cret cam­era strapped to his shoe to video up women’s skirts – just hours af­ter start­ing a course to stop him sex of­fend­ing.

James Man­c­hand, 48, tar­geted women in city cen­tre shops and used the small voice-ac­ti­vated cam­era to make covert videos of them.

The un­em­ployed fa­ther-of-two was caught af­ter sus­pi­cious Boots se­cu­rity guards re­alised he was fol­low­ing women around their store in Manch­ester’s Mar­ket Street store.

When po­lice were called, Man­c­hand be­came ag­i­tated and was ar­rested, a court heard.

Strapped

Of­fi­cers searched him and found a small cam­era which had been strapped to his shoe un­der his laces.

Pros­e­cu­tor Kerry Benn told city mag­is­trates: “He’d been video­ing women with­out their knowl­edge un­der their skirts.”

When in­ter­viewed by cops, Man­c­hand ad­mit­ted his crime but in­sisted it was a “blip in my re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion”.

It emerged that on the day he was caught out – June 22 – he had only hours ear­lier started a course run by pro­ba­tion of­fi­cers de­signed to help sex of­fend­ers as part of a sen­tence for an al­most iden­ti­cal crime he had com­mit­ted in 2010.

Plead­ing not to be jailed, Man­c­hand told the mag­is­trates: “I just wanted to say how deeply re­morse­ful I am for my ac­tions.

“I am truly sorry to the vic­tims, my part­ner and ev­ery­body else I have let down.”

Man­c­hand, from Bolton, Greater Manch­ester, was handed a 26-week sus­pended prison sen­tence.

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