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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 17:25 GMT 18:25 UK
Lawyer 'filmed up women's skirts'
A barrister accused of covertly filming up women's skirts in supermarkets hid his camera in a shopping trolley, a jury at Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Footage was shown of a woman in a queue in a short skirt and white knickers.

Simon Austin Hamilton, 35, of Haringey, north London, denies five charges of outraging public decency in 2001, at shops in Chichester, West Sussex.

He denies eight charges relating to making, owning and taking indecent pictures of children from 2001 to 2003.

Indecent photographs

Mr Hamilton faces six charges of making indecent photographs of a child.

He also faces two charges of possessing an indecent photograph of a child for show.

And he faces two charges of taking indecent photographs of a child.

At the time of the offences, Mr Hamilton lived in Bosham, West Sussex, with his fiancée. The couple later married.

The court heard that police raided Mr Hamilton's home on 20 July 2003.

Dotted around the house, in the garage, loft and bedroom, were a computer, video camera, CDs, CD-Roms, floppy disks, magazines, photographs, and a list of computer file names, which the police took away.

The video camera contained the secret footage of the women.

Downloaded pornography

Mr Hamilton admitted he occasionally downloaded pornography from the internet but when asked by police if he had downloaded child porn, he said "not to the best of my knowledge".

The jury were told about an indecent photograph he took of a girl on a train on a mobile phone.

They were also shown video Mr Hamilton took of a schoolgirl doing her homework in the Westgate Centre in Chichester which showed the camera zooming in and out on the girl's crotch.

The prosecution also said Mr Hamilton's home computer contained file-sharing software which allows users to swap music and pornographic files.

The trial was adjourned until Friday.




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