A pervert who photographed a young woman’s bottom in a Co-op supermarket in Cornwall has said he did it because she ‘had a nice bum’.
28-year-old plant worker Karl Leggatt followed Gemma Newitt around the store, where CCTV filmed him taking a photo of her bum with his phone. After being caught red-handed he sprinted out of the store, and Miss Newitt reported the incident to store managers and police.
Mr Leggatt eventually handed himself in, but hasn’t been arrested as, incredibly, police say no offence has been committed. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said:
“A man was identified by police and he handed himself in at St Austell. He was given strong words of advice about his inappropriate behaviour, but was not arrested as no offences had been committed by him.”
20-year-old Miss Newitt has understandably been left feeling furious with the police’s response, and their claim that no crime had been committed. The Crown Prosecution guidelines on voyeurism state that it can only be charged as a crime if someone is filmed doing a private act, or if equipment has actually been installed.
Mr Leggatt claims he’s not a pervert, telling The Sun:
“I went out and done a stupid thing, realised it, and then handed myself in. I’m not a pervert, I’m not a weirdo; you know, I’ve got a young family, I work. I’m just a normal bloke but I had a bad day that day and I’ve done a stupid thing. It’s a fuss about nothing. It looks a lot worse than what it was.”
Unfortunately for him, the dictionary begs to differ:
Pervert, noun: a person whose sexual behaviour is regarded as abnormal and unacceptable.