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Tanning salon film voyeur wins appeal.

A MAN who secretly filmed women undressing while they used sunbeds was freed by judges in London's Appeal Court.

Stewart William McGill, 26, of Penrhyn Avenue, Litherland, was originally jailed for eight months at Liverpool Crown Court in July this year.

He admitted six counts of voyeurism and an additional count of taking an indecent picture of a child.

The sentencing judge also "took into consideration"

17 similar offences of voyeurism.

Lady Justice Hallett - sitting today in London's Appeal Court with Mr Justice Pitchford and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC - said McGill, a university graduate in technology, committed his crimes over 12 months, targeting unsuspecting women using tanning salons in Bootle.

The 26-year-old went into the salons as the women began their sessions, furtively siting a video or camcorder from an adjoining cubicle to capture them in a state of undress.

His offences clearly crossed the custody threshold, said the judge, but McGill had shown deep remorse and has "insight" into his offending.

He has now served two months behind bars and the public interest would best be served by substituting a community order with a three-year supervision requirement, the judge ruled.

The sentence requires him to take part in a sex offenders' programme
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2008
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