'upskirting' pervert jailed for photographing schoolgirl

A former accountant has been jailed after taking pictures up the skirt of a girl on a train.

upskirting’ pervert jailed for photographing schoolgirl: The 17-year-old was wearing a school uniform at the time. The incident happened in October on a train traveling to Ashtead in Surrey. Leo Chan, 26, from Sheffield had 1,700 images on his phone of ‘upskirting’. They were discovered after he had been stopped by store detectives the the Oxford Street branch of Top Shop in 2019.

Appearing in court later that year he was given a suspended sentence and banned from carrying photographic devices. Unless he met certain court conditions. Sheffield Crown Court heard that last October he sat down opposite the teenager and was staring at her. She moved to stand by the train door. However he followed and, pretending to look in his bag, he squatted down and started taking photos up her skirt.

She caught him pointing the camera up her skirt as she turned around. He alighted from the train in Ashtead but quickly re-boarded to continue his journey the court heard.

He was arrested later after being identified by Sheffield police. He was jailed on Friday at Sheffield Crown Court for 20 months. And ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years.

He showed no remorse in court for his actions. Detective Constable Amina Khoyratee of British Transport Police said. “Upskirting is a truly horrendous invasion of privacy. And I would like to make it absolutely clear that we will always take these reports seriously. Chan is a repeat offender who has shown no remorse throughout our investigation. So it’s lucky he’ll now have plenty of time on his hands in prison where he can reflect on his predatory behaviour.

This is relatively new legislation, having only been introduced in 2019. But the bespoke powers make it much easier for us to charge suspects for this invasive and disgusting form of sexual offending.”

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