Andrew Macrae: Man who filmed up woman's skirt on train jailed

Friday, January 5, 2018

A man who was caught filming up the skirt of a woman on a train by an off-duty Met Police officer has been jailed.

Andrew Macrae, 43 and of Shropshire, was sentenced to 20 months' imprisonment, suspended for 20 months, after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of voyeurism and one count of outraging public decency at a hearing at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on October 10 2017.

The judge placed Macrae on the Sex Offenders' Register for ten years and ordered him to participate in a 60-day sexual offenders' rehabilitation programme.

On the morning of Wednesday July 19 2017 an off-duty detective inspector from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command was travelling to work by train from south London, when he noticed Macrae using a camera disguised as a pen to film up the skirts of female commuters.

The officer challenged Macrae, escorted him off the train and arrested him for voyeurism.

A search of Macrae's home address and place of work subsequently revealed a data storage device which contained a large volume of voyeuristic material, including covert 'up skirt' photographs and videos.

The offences were committed between 2013 and 2017 and relate to the covert filming and photographing of over 130 women on public transport for sexual gratification.

Macrae had been filming two of his victims, who he knew personally, over a sustained period of time.

Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, the officer who spotted Macrae's actions on the train, said:

"Macrae's despicable actions constituted a gross breach of trust against his victims. As well as members of the public travelling to work, Macrae targeted victims he knew personally, over a sustained period of time, for his own sexual gratification. This case demonstrates the vigilance of our officers in preventing criminals whose crimes are of such a gross and deceptive nature."

The judge commended DI Hayoukane for his actions in detecting criminal activity of this kind and behaving in an exemplary manner when dealing with the case.