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Man avoids immediate jail after admitting two charges of voyeurism

A shopper who was caught taking pictures of a woman and a 15-year-old girl trying on clothes at an Asda supermarket in Birmingham, has avoided an immediate jail sentence.

Matthew Aston Credit: BPM Media

Matthew Aston admitted two charges of voyeurism at the store in Great Barr.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that his adult victim saw him taking pictures of her with a phone from above a cubicle while she tried on clothes.

Police then found other images on his mobile, including one of a teenager who had been trying on underwear.

Aston, 26, of Burnside Gardens, Great Barr, was given 14 weeks imprisonment, suspended for three years.

Aston was also ordered to do 40 hours’ unpaid work, pay £85 costs and register as a sex offender for five years, as well as take part in a sex offenders’ programme.

“These are very serious offences, particularly when a 15-year-old girl is concerned. It makes it far more serious that you were recording or taking photos of a child.

“So I am satisfied, for that reason, that this does pass the custodial threshold.”

– District Judge Goodman

Mr Devine said Aston was detained and police found a number of images on his phone including one of a 15-year-old girl who had been trying on some underwear.

This took place in the Asda store in Great Barr on April 25 this year . “The adult victim went into a cubicle to try some clothes when she became aware there was a camera above her.

“She looked up and saw it was a mobile phone.”

– David Devine, prosecuting

Aston himself is at a loss as to why he behaved in this way. It is clear there are some underlying issues.”

– Andrew Bailey, defending