Ten men prosecuted in first year of upskirting legislation
Ten men were convicted of 16 upskirting offences in 2019 – the first year legislation making it a specific crime was available to prosecutors.
Three offenders have been jailed for taking pictures up women’s skirts without their consent since the CPS revealed the first set of convictions under the Voyeurism (Offences) Act in September.
Our analysis found that nearly 70 per cent of these crimes took place in the aisles of retail stores – with evidence that some of the men caught had researched techniques to conceal cameras online.
Four men convicted were caught in supermarkets and two in other shops, accounting for 11 of the 16 offences charged.
Three further men offended on public transport and one outside a festival, making up the remaining five convictions. All ten men pleaded guilty.
Siobhan Blake, CPS national lead for sexual offence prosecutions, said: “The fact women are being violated in this way while shopping or going about their daily business is appalling.
“I would like to pay tribute to the vigilance of the victims and witnesses – many of them store security guards – who refused to let this conduct go unchallenged.
“Anyone affected by this vile practice should be reassured that CPS prosecutors will continue to apply this new legislation to bring offenders to justice.”
Convicted paedophile Stuart Bulling, 50, was first person jailed for upskirting after he was caught following teenage girls around an Asda store in Rawenstall, Lancashire, on 5 September this year.
He was sentenced to two years in prison at Preston Crown Court on 22 November after also being found with indecent images of children.
Trevor Beasley, 51, received the strongest sentence after filming under women’s skirts, including a 16-year-old girl, through a hole in his bag at Asda in Burgh Heath, Surrey, on 1 July.
He was detained after being spotted by a victim’s mother and police subsequently found 250,000 indecent images of children on his devices.
Beasley, who had previously been convicted of upskirting in 2016 under the old outraging public decency charge, said he had bought a spy pen after developing an interest in voyeurism online.
He was jailed for 28 months – with the upskirting charges accounting for 12 months of the total.
Ervis Ndoj, 26, was jailed for eight weeks after he was seen by a British Transport Police officer following female passengers wearing skirts around Green Park London Underground station on 13 and 14 November. When the officer tried to detain him, he pushed her and struck her in the face trying to get away.
Ms Blake added: “Some of those convicted are dangerous repeat sex offenders, which shows how upskirting is no trivial matter and can indicate a wider pattern of predatory behaviour.”
Notes to editors
• Stuart Bulling (DOB: 6/2/1969), of Rawenstall, was jailed for two years on three counts of making indecent images of children and six months concurrent for two counts of operating equipment beneath clothing without consent on 22 November at Preston Crown Court.
• Trevor Beasley (DOB: 20/2/1968) of Redhill, Surrey, admitted two counts of operating equipment beneath clothing without consent, two breaches of his SHPO and three counts of making indecent images of children at Guildford Crown Court on 25 November.
• Ervis Ndoj (DOB: 28/11/1993), no fixed abode, was jailed for six weeks for operating equipment beneath clothing without consent and two weeks consecutively for assaulting an emergency worker at Westminster magistrates’ court on 26 November.
• Philip Davis (DOB: 4/6/1958), of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, admitted three counts of recording an image under clothing. He was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and given a two-year community order at Mansfield magistrates’ court on 17 October.
• Bartosz Olechowicz (DOB: 30/3/1992) admitted one count of recording an image under clothing without consent and one count of operating equipment under clothing without consent. He was given a two-year community order at Milton Keynes magistrates’ court on 24 October.
• Dean Craig (DOB: 10/6/1995), from Carlisle, admitted one count of operating equipment under clothing without consent at Carlisle magistrates' court on 10 December and was given a community order.
• For more information on how the CPS prosecutes upskirting, see our legal guidance
• Siobhan Blake is the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire and CPS national lead for rape and sexual offences.