Man caught filming up skirts in shop
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.”