A man used his mobile phone to record images under the clothes of two women in separate incidents of ‘upskirting’ at John Lewis and Boots at the Victoria Center in Nottingham. Aaron Shand was caught after a woman noticed him making lunging movements while her phone was in her hand while he was talking to her at John Lewis department store.
The incident occurred on October 29, 2021. Police said Shand left the store but was detained nearly two weeks later when he returned to the mall. A security guard saw him and the police came.
His mobile phone was seized and a second female victim was identified and tracked down. The police investigation found that the woman had been attacked by Shand in Boots, in the mall, on the same day as the incident at John Lewis.
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Shand, of Larkfield Road, Nuthall, pleaded guilty in court to two counts of breach of public decency. The 20-year-old appeared before Nottingham Magistrates Court on February 7 last week and was sentenced to an 18-month community order, which entails 40 days of rehabilitation activity.
He was also ordered to pay compensation of £150 to his two victims. Sergeant Richard Tiernan, from Nottingham’s inner-city neighborhood police team, said: “Shand showed blatant contempt for his victims, who were left very distraught by his offence.
“Had he not been challenged when he was, I have no doubt that his crimes would have continued. For that reason, I would like to commend the actions of the staff who helped us apprehend Shand and put an end to his crimes, as well as PC Gibaldi and PC Banks, who did an excellent job in securing these convictions.
“I urge anyone who fears they have been the victim of upskirting or any sexual crime to come forward and report it to the police. We will investigate and will always seek to take very strong action against the perpetrators.”