|Man Sentenced For Filming Up Women's Skirts|
Saleh Al-Majali hid cameras in his rucksack
Saleh Al-Majali (53) of Queens Town Road, Battersea, committed the offences across London during a two-year period, at locations including the Tube, at shops and at rail stations.
He was sentenced to 12 weeks prison suspended for 18 months. He was issued a 12 month supervision order to attend a sexual offenders’ programme and a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which prohibits him from having in his possession, in any public place, any device designed for or capable of capturing an image, including any form of camera, camcorder and camera-equipped mobile telephone.
Unemployed Al-Majali was caught filming up women’s skirts by using cameras hidden inside his rucksack at a shop in Victoria Station, at around 1pm on Tuesday 31 July 2012.
The store’s security guard noticed him behaving suspiciously and saw Al-Majali place his rucksack on the floor next to women to film up their skirts. He called the police and followed Al-Majali on board a Victoria line Tube from Victoria to Green Park Station, where he was arrested by BTP officers.
Inside the rucksack was a camcorder, two mini cameras and a Blackberry mobile phone, all containing footage taken up women’s skirts. Two laptops and eight mini discs seized from Al-Majali’s home address contained more than 200 similar videos. In his police interview Al-Majali confessed that he had been filming up women’s skirts since 2010.
Speaking after the sentencing last week, Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden said: “While this type of offence is extremely rare, it is very upsetting for victims and completely unacceptable.
“Everyone has the right to not only be safe but also feel safe when they travel. Anyone who knows or suspects they have been a victim of an offence like this should report it immediately to police or a member of Tube staff.
“Police want to know about every single incident like this as it helps to build a picture of an offender’s behaviour and establish their pattern of travel across the network.
“Once a pattern of behaviour has been established police patrols can be increased and CCTV evidence secured, leading to an increased likelihood of arrest and conviction."
January 28, 2013