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Man jailed after filming nearly fifty upskirting videos on the Underground - London

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A man who filmed nearly fifty 'upskirting' videos on the London Underground and published them on a porn site has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Sanjayan Nadarajah, 43, pleaded guilty to five counts of outraging public decency and two counts of voyeurism at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on February 4.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison at Blackfriars Crown Court last Monday (11/03) and handed a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Between May and July 2018, Nadarajah covertly filmed 46 videos under women’s skirts using a hidden camera phone in his laptop bag, and uploaded them to a porn site.

Officers were alerted to the ‘upskirting’ videos, which were openly available on the site, and found 11 more which were locked.

The majority of the videos were filmed on the London Underground, with some also on a shopping centre escalator. 

They traced Nadarajah, who was visible in a handful of the videos, to his home address in Surrey where he was then arrested in October.

In his police interview, Nadarajah admitted he got sexual gratification from filming women covertly, and that he never asked their permission.

In a statement read out in court, one victim, a 22-year-old woman, said she felt “sickened” and “paranoid” to find out Nadarajah had filmed her without knowledge.

Detective Constable Mark Pink said: “Nadarajah had absolutely no regard or respect for the privacy of the women he filmed, and he clearly took pleasure in exploiting them for his own sexual gain.

“Not only did he film them without their consent, he then shared these sordid videos online for other like-minded people to view.

“I am pleased that the Judge saw fit to hand him an eight month custodial sentence, and I hope it serves as a strong reminder to all that we absolutely will not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour on the railways.

“We will find these offenders and we will bring them before the courts.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “Nadarajah’s behaviour was predatory and criminal. We are glad that he has been imprisoned for this inexcusable crime and are determined to rid the transport network of this vile offence.

"We thank the women for coming forward and reporting these incidents and helping to prevent Nadarajah from preying on others. We would strongly encourage anyone that experiences anything similar to please report it by texting 61016 or calling 101.”

 

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