A barrister has been given a 24 month community order after being convicted of upskirting.
Daren Timson-Hunt has also been banned from carrying anything capable of taking a photograph and from the London Underground except in specific circumstances.
A passenger on a Northern Line train in June said they saw Timson-Hunt, who until recently was a government lawyer connected with Brexit negotiations, rest his mobile phone on his thigh, slowly adjust it and take a picture of a woman on the carriage.
The 54-year-old followed her off the train at Embankment and took a photo up her skirt after she climbed the stairs in front of him.
Fittingly, the barrister arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court court in a flasher's mac, and even more fittingly shouted at paparazzi not to take his picture.
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Timson-Hunt admitted one charge of "operating equipment beneath the clothing of another without consent for the purpose of sexual gratification". He is one of the first people in the UK to be convicted of upskirting since it became a crime in April.
"I have never done something like this before", he told the court. "I am an idiot". The victim said she felt "violated" and hasn't worn a dress or skirt since.
As well as his 24-month order, which includes 30 days of rehab and 60 days of unpaid work, Timson-Hunt's phone will be destroyed and he must pay £80 costs and £90 to the victim. He has also been banned from the London Underground except for the purposes of visiting his solicitor, a doctor or to attend job interviews. And he is forbidden from carrying anything which can take pictures, except a laptop, which has to be switched off and kept in a bag. He is allowed to sketch on a bus.
Timson-Hunt's lawyer said his client's life "has been completely destroyed by his actions on that day" and that he was now unemployed. "The marriage is on the rocks", he said, "it is touch and go whether his wife will remain with him."