August 2015

Asda shopper escapes jail for photographing 15-year-old trying on underwear

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A shopper caught taking pictures of a woman and a 15 year-old girl trying on clothes at an Asda supermarket in Birmingham has escaped jail.

Matthew Aston, admitted two charges of voyeurism at the store in Great Barr.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that his adult victim saw him taking pictures of her with a phone from above a cubicle while she fitted on clothes.

Police then found other images on his mobile, including one of a teenager who had been trying on underwear.

The 26 year-old, of Burnside Gardens, Great Barr, was to 14 weeks imprisonment, suspended for three years.

Aston also ordered to do 40 hours’ unpaid work, pay £85 costs and register as a sex offender for five years as well as take part in a sex offenders’ programme.

District Judge Goodman told the defendant: “These are very serious offences, particularly when a 15-year-old girl is concerned.

“It makes it far more serious that you were recording or taking photos of a child.

“So I am satisfied, for that reason, that this does pass the custodial threshold.”

David Devine, prosecuting, said: “This took place in the Asda store in Great Barr on April 25 this year.

“The adult victim went into a cubicle to try some clothes when she became aware there was a camera above her.

“She looked up and saw it was a mobile phone.”

Mr Devine said Aston was detained and police found a number of images on his phone including one of a 15-year-old girl who had been trying on some underwear.

Andrew Bailey, defending, said “Aston himself is at a loss as to why he behaved in this way. It is clear there are some underlying issues.”

He said with the help of a programme this kind of behaviour could be brought to a halt and never be repeated.