The woman was with her younger sister at Primark in Hull when a fellow shopper pointed out that a man had been filming up her skirt. He had recorded six videos of her.
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A pervert brazenly filmed a young woman’s skirt as she queued to pay at Primark in what the court heard was “rude, ugly, wicked and disgusting” opportunistic behaviour.
The shocked 20-year-old was alerted to the “degrading and disgraceful” violation of her privacy by another shopper.
She told Hull Crown Court that the “disgraceful and disrespectful” filming had “left lasting effects” on her and that it was “one of the worst days” of her life.
Kevin Syder admitted to recording footage under the woman’s clothing on March 8, 2020, Hull Live reports.
Richard Butters, a prosecutor, said Syder, 55, from Hull, was detained by security at the city’s Primark on Princes Quay, after being tipped off by a member of the public.
The witness saw him using a phone to take pictures up the skirt of a woman standing in front of him in line.
The buyer told the woman, “Excuse me, I just saw this man taking a picture up your skirt.”
The woman was with her younger sister at the time.
There were six videos showing the woman’s butt and underwear that had been filmed by Syder.
“He tried to run out of the store, but luckily he was stopped very quickly by security,” Butters said.
“He was arrested and his phone was seized.
“He has had a very lasting and profound impact on his victim.”
The woman later said that “I felt frozen.”
“I was shocked. It was extremely upsetting and shocking and I was in tears,” she added.
“I don’t even remember what she was saying. I was so shocked at what had happened.”
“I can’t remember exactly what I was yelling at.
“I should be able to wear whatever I want and not have anyone take a photo image up my skirt.”
She told the court that she felt violated, adding: “I feel really numb and upset.”
The woman said she would have to bring the incident with her and would be nervous the next time she was in town, especially Primark.
“This crime has left lasting effects on me and my family. I think about what happened to me every day,” he said.
“It’s not just the physical act of what happened, but the emotional trauma of a day that stays with you. I went through one of the worst things that ever happened to me.
“It’s demeaning and embarrassing. I find myself remembering what happened.
“I threw away any skirts or dresses that were even a little above the knee because I really felt like I didn’t have the confidence to wear them.
“I could barely concentrate on the job I had to do.
“That day was one of the worst days of my life.”
Mitigating Julia Baggs said that Syder wanted to apologize to the victim.
“This was clearly an impulsive and opportunistic act,” said Miss Baggs.
“This behavior was completely irrational. He didn’t stop to think about the impact on the whistleblower.
“He understands the seriousness of the offense and the damage it has caused.
“He is deeply remorseful and remorseful for his actions. He feels deep shame and regret for this shameful and disrespectful act, to use his words.
“It deeply regrets this demeaning and disgraceful behavior.”
Syder had no prior convictions and had worked as a plasterer before becoming a long-distance truck driver for 30 years, a job he lost because of this crime.
He had served in the Territorial Army for more than 16 years, the court heard.
He was married but has no children.
Judge Michael Fanning told Syder: “It’s upskirting. It’s a rude and ugly word and it describes rude, ugly, perverse and disgusting conduct.”
“I am well aware that the impact on victims is very, very real.”
He told her that a woman had the right to wear her own choice of clothing and hope “some pervert doesn’t stick a camera up her skirt” for her own sexual gratification.
“She should not have to feel degraded, humiliated and violated,” Judge Fanning said.
“This was very much a targeted crime.
“You saw an opportunity. You saw and took advantage of that opportunity.
“You filmed that victim under her clothes and that was for your sexual gratification.
“The real risk was that you shared it.
“Fortunately, you were caught back in the day, the video was seized and that puts an end to it.”
Syder received an 18-week suspended prison sentence, with rehab work, and was ordered to pay £500 compensation to the woman.
You must register as a sex offender for seven years and the phone will be confiscated and destroyed.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.