GP convicted of filming up women’s skirts

04/02/2014

A doctor from Buckinghamshire has today been given a Community Order with supervision for 24 months at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after he was arrested for covertly filming young females in the Bullring shopping centre.

Dr Buddhi Abeywardena, aged 63, was detained by security staff from the shopping centre on 29 August 2013 after he was seen acting suspiciously in the Boots pharmacy store in the Bullring.

Security personnel observed the defendant's behaviour and followed him out of the store when they approached and detained him.

On his possession they found a key fob which, when later examined, was a covert recording device which he was using to secretly film up the skirts of young females.

The police were called and Abeywardena was arrested and later charged with doing an act of outraging public decency.

Other conditions imposed on the defendant today was a curfew and electronic tagging for three months, i.e. remain indoors between 9pm and 7am, and participate in 'Sex Offenders Work Book' for 100 days. He was also order to pay £180 costs and £60 Victim Surcharge.

John Baker, Acting Head of West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Magistrates' Court Unit, said:

"On his arrest, Dr Buddhi Abeywardena claimed that he was unaware that his actions and behaviour was an offence as he felt he was not hurting anyone.

"What this defendant was doing was committing a very serious criminal offence and this was not a victimless crime. Young females were being stalked by this man and then filmed without their knowledge or approval.

"As soon as Abeywardena was made aware of his illegal activities, he pleaded guilty to his crimes and today he has received a two year Community Order.

"We would urge shoppers to remain vigilant at all times and if they see anyone acting suspiciously, then they must report this to security staff or the police immediately."