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Loiterer took upskirt pictures of women’s legs as they waited for a train

Daniel MacDonald pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates Court
Daniel MacDonald pictured leaving Manchester Magistrates Court (Picture: Cavendish)

A commuter was caught taking ‘upskirt’ photographs of women as they waited at a train station in Manchester.

Daniel MacDonald, 39, has been told to sign the Sex Offender Register after police noticed him loitering near the two victims.

He had been on his way home when officers followed him and arrested him after noticing him try to delete images from his device.

CCTV spotted him upskirting the women as they stood in shorts and mini skirts at Piccadilly Railway station on June 10 last year.

Inquiries revealed he had taken pictures of the women’s legs and waists. Officers also recovered other suspicious images from a memory card found at MacDonald’s apartment in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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At Manchester Magistrates Court, office worker MacDonald admitted operating equipment beneath clothing of another without consent. He was ordered to sign the register for five years and will be subject to a five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Daniel MacDonald pictured at Paddington tube station in London
Daniel MacDonald pictured at Paddington tube station in London (Picture: Cavendish)

He will also have to complete a two year community order and take part in the Horizon programme for convicted sex offenders and will have to abide by a 7pm-7am curfew for four months. He must pay £85 prosecution costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

In mitigation defence lawyer Duncan Phillips said: ‘He has no previous convictions and is genuinely remorseful. He has taken steps to address his offending behaviour to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

‘He has found this whole experience draining, embarrassing and humiliating and before lockdown he bought a car to avoid having to use public transport to get to work.

‘Unpaid work would be difficult for him – appreciate punishment is supposed to be difficult but he has low self-worth. It may not be very rehabilitative for him and a financial penalty may be a better option.’

Sentencing chairman of the bench Elliott Taylor told MacDonald: ‘Obviously you are remorseful but there is a general public to think about as well. These offences were committed in a railway station through which thousands of people come and go every day.’

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