Man filmed nine-year-old girl urinating in McDonalds toilet but avoids jail
A pervert who filmed a nine-year-old girl in a toilet cubicle in McDonald’s in Birmingham has been handed a suspended prison sentence.
After he was caught Christopher Rimmell admitted having a “fetish” for taking pictures of females urinating.
Madhu Rai, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said on the afternoon of September 22 last year a nine-year-old girl had gone with her dad to McDonld’s in College Road, Kingstanding .
While her father was queuing to get something to eat the girl went to the ladies toilets.
“She sat on the toilet and after about five seconds she saw a mobile phone come under the door of the cubicle and that the phone was recording.”
Miss Rai said she felt “really scared,” fled from the toilets and told her dad what had happened to her.
He told the manager and the police were called.
“She was crying and was clearly distressed by her experience,” said Miss Rai.
She said Rimmell was later confronted by a cleaner and claimed he had been “desperate” to use the toilets. When he was searched he was found to have some heroin.
“The defendant later disclosed that he had a fetish which had developed from the beginning of the year for filming females urinating.
“He had done this a number of times.
“It had always been somewhere where he placed a mobile phone under cubicles in female toilets.”
“He said his victims had always been women and that he had no interest in children.”
Rimmell, 37, of Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire, who had previously admitted voyeurism and possessing a drug, was sentenced to 26 weeks suspended for two years and ordered to attend sex offender’s treatment programme.
In passing sentence Recorder Justin Wigoder said: “You went, I am absolutely, quite deliberately into McDonald’s and into the women’s cubicles for your own sexual gratification.
“You heard some one come into the next door cubicle and I am prepared to accept you were unaware that was a nine-year-old girl.
“But there can be little doubt that in McDonald’s there are lots of young girls who go to the toilet and there was actually a very high chance that this is what you would end up filming. “It was virtually odds on.
“She was understandably absolutely terrified.
“I have no doubt that she will find going to a public loo quite traumatic and it may be she will find going to McDonald’s traumatic for a while.
“Kids like McDonald’s. It is a treat.”
However the judge said he accepted that Rimmell, who had been going to sex addicts anonymous, was trying to get help for his problem.