Man caught film­ing up skirts in shop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

A MAR­RIED man used his phone to film up women’s skirts in a busy city shop, a court has heard.

Former Peter­bor­ough res­i­dent Ti­mothy Lill (47) used the cam­era on his mo­bile phone to se­cretly film women while shop­ping in Boots in Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre.

But the mar­ried man was spot­ted by an off-duty prison se­cu­rity guard, who de­tained him un­til store se­cu­rity ar­rived.

He ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day where he pleaded guilty to one count of com­mit­ting an act of out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency.

Anthea Har­ris, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that Lill, now of High­bury Park, Lon­don, ad­mit­ted he had com­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fences in the past.

She said: “On Septem­ber 30 the de­fen­dant was seen a few inches away from a fe­male in Boots, film­ing up her skirt with his cam­era by an off duty prison guard.

“When he re­alised he was be­ing watched he stopped film­ing, but part of the in­ci­dent was caught on CCTV.

“He was ar­rested and when he was in­ter­viewed he said he had gone into the shop just to look for women to film.

“He said he had done it be­fore and would watch the clips at home for his own sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

Jeremy Roberts, de­fend­ing, said: “He was a gen­tle­man of good char­ac­ter un­til this point.

“There is mit­i­ga­tion in that his vic­tims did not know he was do­ing it.

“Since be­ing caught he has been try­ing to come to terms with his of­fend­ing and has been to sev­eral clin­ics in Lon­don, in­clud­ing a sex ad­dic­tion clinic, and been to see his GP.

“He has made full and frank ad­mis­sions to po­lice and has been sep­a­rated from his wife and fam­ily be­cause of this.

“He has also been sus­pended from his job.

“He can­not ex­plain why he did what he did, but wishes to apol­o­gise to his vic­tims.”

Judge Ken Sher­a­ton, sen­tenced Lill to a two-year com­mu­nity or­der, in­clud­ing su- per­vi­sion to sup­port him with the clin­ics he has at­tended. He was also or­dered to 180 hours of un­paid work, pay £85 costs and sign the sex of­fend­ers’ reg­is­ter for five years.

He said: “Sen­tenc­ing for crim­i­nal of­fences of­ten makes for a care­ful bal­anc­ing ex­er­cise. It is im­por­tant to bal­ance the se­ri­ous­ness of the of­fence with mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors.

“This is a se­ri­ous of­fence but it has not been ag­gra­vated, be­cause the vic­tim was not aware of the of­fend­ing and un­like in some cases of this type, the videos have not been put on the in­ter­net.

“You are also helped be­cause of your pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter, early guilty plea and steps you have taken to tackle your prob­lems since the of­fend­ing.”

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