‘Disgusting’ pervert took photos up young woman’s skirt in Primark queue horror

A disgusting pervert has been landed with an 18-week suspended prison sentence, and ordered to pay £500 to a woman he up-skirted while shopping in Primark.

And Kevin Syder's behaviour was described as “crude, ugly, perverse, disgusting” by a judge at Hull Crown Court.

The unnamed 20-year-old victim told the court how the incident was “degrading and embarrassing”, and that she has been left with "emotional trauma".

The man admitted recording footage and taking images under the woman's clothes on March 8, 2020.

He was apprehended by security staff at Primark in Princes Quay, Hull, after a member of the public saw what was happening, Hull Live reports.

The person saw him taking photos on his phone up the woman's skirt – she was standing in front of him in a queue.

Prosecutor Richard Butters said: “He attempted to run out of the store but he was fortunately detained very quickly by security staff.

“He was arrested and his phone was seized. It has had a very long lasting, profound impact on his victim."

And the victim said: “I felt myself freeze. I felt shocked. It was extremely upsetting and shocking and I was crying. I don't even recall what I was saying. I was so shocked about what had happened.

“I can't remember exactly what I was shouting. I should be able to wear whatever I wish to and not have anybody taking a photographic image up my skirt. I feel really numb and upset.

“This crime has left long-lasting effects on myself and my family – I think about what happened to me every day.

“It's not just the physical act of what happened but the emotional trauma from a day that stays with you. I went through one of the worst things to happen.”

Judge Michael Fanning lambasted the former plasterer, stating that he had targeted the woman, and “seized that opportunity”.

He added: “You recorded that victim under her clothing and that was for your sexual gratification – the real risk was that you shared it.

“Fortunately, you were caught on the day, the video was seized and that brings it to an end.”

The man must now register as a sex offender for seven years and the phone will be forfeited and destroyed.”

Upskirting was made a criminal offence in April, 2019 – depending on the seriousness of the offence, anyone found guilty could face a maximum of two years in prison.

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