Former government lawyer becomes first person ever convicted of ‘upskirting’

A former lawyer for the Tory government has become the first person to be convicted of upskirting – surreptitious filming or taking photographs under an individual’s clothing without consent.

Daren Timson-Hunt was involved in Brexit negotiations as head of the EU Exit and Goods Legal team.

Daren Timson-Hunt pleaded guilty last week to “operating equipment” beneath another person’s clothing while at Embankment underground station on 1 July.

The 54-year-old followed a woman who left a Northern Line train at the station, Westminster Magistrates Court heard.

He then waited at the bottom of a flight of stairs and waited until the woman climbed to the top of the steps before pulling his phone out.

Another passenger saw Timson-Hunt hiding his phone under his leg to take a photo of the woman.

This seems to be further evidence that members of the Tory government – from the prime minister right down to employees working for one of its departments – believe the law doesn’t apply to them.

The sooner we get rid of the lot of them – and bring them all to account before the law – the better.

Source: Upskirting: Government lawyer becomes first person ever convicted under new law after underground train incident | The Independent

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  1. trev September 24, 2019 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Now the thing is will he now lose his job? I ask this because when I’m doing my jobsearch I sometimes come across vacancies that require a DBS check. In some cases the employers are misusing that facility and asking for a DBS check for jobs like factory or warehouse work, in fact I saw one today for a forklift driver that said DBS check required. Normally such checks would only apply to work involving contact with vulnerable people or positions of trust. Employers are misusing the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act to screen applicants where unnecessary. In some cases they ask incorrectly phrased questions on their application forms, i.e. “have you ever had a criminal conviction?”, when it should say “do you have any unspent criminal convictions?”. Other specific types of jobs are deemed to be exempt and subject to full Disclosure. If this applies to the rest of us then it should apply to top lawyers too.

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