Thursday 21 September 2017

Man accused of trying to take pictures under women's dresses

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Eimear Cotter

A SHOPPER is alleged to have harassed two women by trying to take private photos of them under their dresses.

Philip Brown (45) is accused of pursuing the two women around a pharmacy on two separate dates in 2015.

He is also alleged to have tried to record the women on his mobile phone.

Judge David McHugh said he would accept jurisdiction of the charge and adjourned the matter to a date in July.

The accused, of Warrenstown Walk in Blanchardstown, is charged with two counts of harassment at Boots Pharmacy in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on July 1 and July 3, 2015.

The alleged victims are two adult females, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney said the DPP has directed summary trial of the charges.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sgt Sweeney alleged that Mr Brown pursued two adult females in the vicinity of the shop.

Sgt Sweeney said it will be alleged Mr Brown attempted to record and photograph the victims underneath their dresses with his mobile phone.

The sergeant alleged the harassment of the women was captured on CCTV.

He said a complaint was made to Garda Mark Ferris, who investigated the matter and subsequently charged the accused.

Sgt Sweeney said there were two allegations, which were similar in nature.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction of the charges, meaning the matters remain in the District Court.

The judge ordered the disclosure of CCTV footage as well as any statements in relation to the allegation.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley applied for legal aid, saying the accused is working but has a large mortgage and is supporting two children.

Judge McHugh granted free legal aid and adjourned the case to July.

The judge said there are alleged injured parties and he wished to see progress in the case prior to the summer recess.

Mr Brown has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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