A pervert who created a ‘shoe cam’ so he could stalk schoolgirls and film up their skirts has been jailed. 

Paul Mountain, 45, was given an 18-month jail term for his crimes which a judge said ‘required technical knowledge and a high degree of planning’. 

Prosecutor Charles Brown said Mountain, of Farnworth, Greater Manchester, followed one schoolgirl into a shop and stood behind her in the queue, angling his shoe camera so he could see up her skirt.

His defence lawyer said the schoolgirl videos were recorded in 2014 and came at a ‘dark point’ in Mountain’s life when he was hooked on amphetamines.

Paul Mountain, 45, was given an 18-month jail term for creating a ‘shoe cam’ so he could stalk school girls and film up their skirts

Mr Brown said: ‘When the police examined the laptop they found a number of video recordings, comprising upskirt videos that he had recorded of schoolgirls by placing a camera on his foot and following them around.

‘Having attached the shoe, he walked along the streets and footage showed up the skirts of unidentified female school children aged between 11 and 16.’

Burnley Crown Court heard Mountain was caught after a couple he was lodging with in Accrington, Lancashire, became suspicious.

They looked at his laptop and discovered three videos which showed him fixing a camera to his shoe and following schoolgirls around the streets and into shops.

He was angling the camera to film their underwear and bottoms from underneath their school skirts, the court heard.

The couple also found a video recorded in their own bathroom, which showed Mountain hiding a camera and recording a visitor as she used the toilet.

The court heard the couple did not go to the police initially, until the woman’s brother returned to the house to collect some furniture when they were moving out.

He found the images on an open laptop bag case and called the police.

Mountain at first claimed to have found the laptop in a skip before pleading guilty to voyeurism and making indecent images of children. 

Burnley Crown Court (pictured) heard Mountain had three videos which showed him fixing a camera to his shoe and following schoolgirls around the streets and into shops and another which showed Mountain hiding a camera in the bathroom and recording a visitor as she used the toilet

Recorder Nicholas Clarke QC told him: ‘You had a long-standing interest in such activities.It is clear from your internet history.

‘There were references to ‘teen up skirting in public’ and the like. You had saved the video recordings over a long period of time.

‘Completely separately in the second count, you secreted a camera in a lavatory.

‘Clearly, that was another activity, just as the first one had been, that required technical knowledge and a high-degree of planning so that you could set the cameras to record that which you wished to see.It is not surprising that she was disgusted by what you had done.’

Joe Almond, mitigating, said Mountain was ‘hooked on amphetamines’ when he recorded the videos of the schoolgirl in 2014. 

Mountain was jailed for 18 months.  

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