October 2016

Child abuse images pervert spent months secretly filming drunk women urinating


A father who was arrested on charges connected to child abuse images was found with a library of footage featuring women urinating in the street.

Pervert Daniel McMorran had spent six months sneakily filming women relieving themselves behind a bin in a popular Newcastle nightspot.

The 30 year-old university graduate, who is in a long-term relationship, would lurk around the Bigg Market area of the city during the evenings, waiting for an opportunity to arise.

He would then take advantage of their drunk state and film them for his own sick sexual gratification

Newcastle crown court heard today that on some occasions, the women noticed and shouted at the pervert to go away or tried to grab his phone but on others, the unsuspecting victims were none the wiser.

And his fetish, which he claimed to have had since he was eight-years-old, was only finally uncovered when police searched his home and seized his computers and phone in relation to other offences of him having indecent images of children.

Newcastle crown court heard that, in total, 23 clips or audio clips of women urinating were found by officers on McMorran’s phone.

Now, McMorran, who has a one-year-old child and a long-term partner, has been jailed after admitting four counts of possessing indecent images of children, one of possessing extreme pornography and two of voyeurism.

Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said McMorran would travel from his home in Garth Cottages, in Hexham, Northumberland to Newcastle city centre twice weekly for six months between July and December 2015.

She said: “The voyeurism charges relate to the defendant going out late at night in the Bigg Market area of Newcastle and filming females urinating in streets.

“These females, the prosecution would say, are extremely drunk. It’s obvious from the footage.”

Ms Dowling told the court that McMorran targeted industrial bins in the Bigg Market.

She added: “On a number of the clips, females can be heard asking for him to go away and to leave them alone.

“In one clip, it terminates rather quickly as he is effectively assaulted by a woman who tries to grab his phone.

“She obviously doesn’t succeed as there is further footage after that has taken place.”

The court heard that, in one of the clips, McMorran manages to fully capture the genital area of an unsuspecting female victim.

Ms Dowling said: “It’s clear from the clips we have seen, he has a particular interest in large industrial bins around the Bigg Market because he knows that’s where drunk women tend to retreat.”

McMorran, whose partner is standing by him, was also found to have 51 indecent moving images and 30 indecent still images of children, who were aged nine and ten.

Locking him up for 20 months, Judge Edward Bindloss said: “This behaviour over six months, with at least 23 recordings, on a twice weekly basis is a case of greater harm because several women knew that you were filming them and one tried to get the phone from you and at least one asked you to go away.

“They knew what you were doing and they were unable to stop you, perhaps because they were intoxicated.

“They knew someone had captured them in a most embarrassing position on their phone. It seems to me, that’s causing harm to the victims.”

McMorran, who was employed in the retail sector for eight years, was also ordered to sign to the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and was made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.