November 2016

Upskirt pervert caught by woman in newsagents spared prison


A pervert caught by a woman while trying to take pictures up her skirt in a newsagents was spared prison.

Allan Turner, 54, was previously jailed for stalking a woman in a supermarket and using his mobile phone to take similar photos.

The former bakery salesman was locked up for 12 months in 2008 and handed a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

It banned Turner, who already had convictions for indecently assaulting a child and exposing himself, from having camera phones.

At the time a probation officer said they believed the paedophile was only pretending to comply with a sex offenders treatment programme.

Liverpool Crown Court today heard Turner had yet again targeted a female shopper, but he was offered the same chance to change his ways.

Derek Jones, prosecuting, said he deliberately followed a 25-year-old into a shop in Walton at around 6pm on May 12 this year.

She was at the counter when she heard a noise behind her, which was Turner dropping a bag of crisps as a ruse.

Turner, of Spellow Lane, Walton , bent down to pick them up and held his phone between her legs pointing upwards to take a photo.

Mr Jones said: “She felt the phone cold on her legs, turned around, challenged him and said ‘what are you doing?’

“The defendant seemed to brazen it out, said he hadn’t done anything and tried to leave the shop.”

The brave victim restrained the pervert and chased him when he broke free, then claimed she had assaulted him.

Mr Jones said: “She felt violated by this incident. She has felt uncomfortable wearing skirts since.”

Turner returned to the shop and gave his personal details, leading to his arrest by police, who discovered two mobiles and a disposable camera at his home.

The pervert, who broke down in tears, admitted outraging public decency and two counts of breaching his court order.

Michael Bagley, defending, said Turner was a child sex abuse survivor, who was molested at the age of six.

He said: “There tends to be a correlation between those who suffer a degree of abuse when they are young and offending in later life.

“He knows he has a problem and he, through me, apologises to his victim.”

Mr Bagley said Turner was a “childish” man isolated from his family because of his “extremely anti-social behaviour”.

Turner sobbed as his barrister argued sending him to prison again would not be in the public interest.

Mr Bagley said his client needed support to address his problems, adding: “He wants to take that opportunity. He despises himself.”

Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said Turner had a fetish for female underwear and a “long-standing, deep-rooted problem”.

He said the victim’s personal statement revealed how distressed she was by the crime.

The judge said: “This has a real impact on people. It is a real intrusion.”

Judge Trevor-Jones handed Turner 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, which he said would be “hanging over his head”.

He ordered him to attend a sex offenders programme and a rehabilitation activity requirement up to 20 days.

Turner was given a new ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a five-year restraining order.