Man faces jail for drunkenly taking pictures up womans skirt in queue

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Neil Abbott, 32, was told he could face prison time (Picture: Ben Graville/PA)

A man who took an upskirt picture of a woman as she queued for food on a night out held his head in his hands after being told he could face prison time.

Neil Abbott, 32, was told all sentencing options are available by a magistrate when he pleaded guilty to one charge of outraging public decency on Friday.

The court heard Abbott was on a drunken night out with friends last summer when he pushed through a queue and took a picture up a womans skirt at Liverpool Street Station in London.

An eyewitness informed the victim, who alerted station staff, and they apprehended the intoxicated defendant.

Prosecutor Jennifer Fadaka told the court the victim was repulsed by Abbotts actions and was left extremely distressed, with a shaky voice.

26.04.2019 picture shows Neil Abbott at Westminster Magistrates Court. Abbott was caught with over 30 on his phone and admitted taking one of them whilst drunk on a night out. Abbott plead guilty to one charge of outraging public decency after photographing a women under her skirt while she was queing for food. see story Central News 0207 236 0116

Neil Abbott had several upskirting images on his phone (Picture: Ben Graville)

She said: It was clear he (Abbott) was drinking – he was unsteady on his feet.

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He said: “Can I not just delete the picture? Ive learnt my lesson”.

Ms Fadaka said police seized Abbotts phone after which several other upskirting images were discovered.

Defence counsel Claire McGrath said her client found upskirting photos attractive, but said there was no evidence he had taken them himself.

She said Abbott, of Maxwell Road in Romford, east London, had shown genuine remorse for his actions.

She said: Although we of course accept that it is a serious and unpleasant matter, it is a one-off, and there is no evidence that can be put forward that Mr Abbott has acted in this way before.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 10, 2018 Gina Martin poses for a portrait in London on October 10, 2018. - British lawmakers have outlawed the practice of "upskirting" -- secretly taking pictures up women's skirts -- following an 18-month campaign by a victim. Those found guilty face up to two years in jail, leading campaigner Gina Martin to praise the bill as "politics and society at its best". (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Campaigner Gina Martin helped make upskirting a specific criminal offence (Picture: AFP/Getty)

I can honestly say that he has – in his own words to police – learned his lesson. This has had an extreme impact on him.

It clearly was not targeted in any way. It was done when he Read More – Source

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