Man jailed for upskirting passenger on Tube escalator – London
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A man found filming up a female passenger’s skirt at Bank Underground station has been jailed, less than 24 hours after committing the offence.
Martin Stone, 62, who was visiting from Israel, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court yesterday (5 August) where he pleaded guilty to one count of Voyeurism. The judge sentenced him to 10 days imprisonment.
The court also ordered that all SIM and memory cards from his phones and cameras were destroyed.
At 11.30am on Wednesday 4 August, Stone was spotted recording a woman while standing behind her on an escalator by plain clothes officers at Bank Underground station.
The officer followed him out of the station and found him watching footage of the woman’s legs and skirt on his phone.
He was arrested at the scene and remanded in custody overnight, before appearing in court the next day.
Upon arrest, officers seized two mobile phones, a spy camera pen, two oyster cards and one camera from his possession.
CCTV footage from Bank station also showed Stone following the victim around the premises.
In his police interview, Stone admitted he had covered the flash on his phone with Sellotape to avoid detection while he was recording the victim unknowingly, but declined to answer if he received any sexual gratification from his behaviour.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah White said: “Stone’s vile predatory behaviour is evident from his targeted actions and specialist equipment.
“Upskirting is a sickening invasion of privacy and this result sends a clear message on how quickly we will act against this disgusting form of sexual offending.
“We have plain clothes officers conducting patrols like this every day across network. Our officers are on the network looking out for you, whether you see them or not, and we will take action.
“I would urge anyone who is a victim of upskirting, or any other sexual offence, to text us discreetly on 61016 or call 999 in an emergency. No report is too small or too trivial, we will always take you seriously.”