June 2013

Sunbed pervert avoids jail for second time

Sunbed pervert avoids jail for second time

A voyeur who set up a hidden camera to record women tanning in the nude avoided jail for a second time.

Ian McNicol, 60, planted the recording device in the home of an acquaintance which he knew would catch naked images of women.

He also took pictures of little girls playing in the park, specifically images of them going down slides and using roundabouts when their skirts would ride up to show their underwear.

His  behaviour in playgrounds brought him to the attention of the police and when they raided his house he was found to have 5,000 indecent child images on his computer, albeit at the lowest level.

McNicol, of Humphreys Hey, Thornton, pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images and voyeurism at Liverpool Crown Court where he already had a suspended sentence hanging over him after perverting the course of justice in an investigation into a cash machine burglary in Wales.

Robert Wynn-Jones, defending, conceded he had displayed “distasteful and troubling behaviour all round” but pointed out he had already served two and half months on remand and suffered from depression and auditory hallucinations.

Judge Brian Lewis made him the subject of a three year supervision order and told him to attend a sex offenders programme.

He said: “You must be under no illusion if you come back before me in breach of the orders I make this morning you will be leaving by that door. 

“You will be going to prison. I’m not going to put up with this any longer.

“You may be depressed. You may hear voices. That’s no excuse for what you were doing in parks last year.”

 McNicol was also made the subject of a five-year sexual offences prevention order.