This dude dressed up as a shop mannequin and sauntered into the ladies to indulge in some rather dubious activities…
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A BEARDED pervert donned a mask and wig to spy on women using the ladies toilets at Birmingham’s showpiece Bullring mall.
Student Joel Hardman was rumbled after a shopper reported seeing someone “dressed like a mannequin” walk into the lavatories.
He later emerged from a locked cubicle and admitted performing a sex act.
Hardman, 22, of Norfolk Road, Edgbaston, yesterday pleaded guilty to observing another person doing a private act for his own sexual gratification.
Jonathan Purser, prosecuting, said Hardman, believed to be an MSc student at the University of Birmingham, told a Bullring security guard: “Yes, I’ve been a bit weird.”
He told police he found the sound of women on the toilet sexually exciting and said to officers: “It’s good you’ve caught me – maybe now I’ll stop.”
Mr Purser said Hardman was caught out after the shopper saw him enter the Bullring’s female toilets at 3pm on April 3 “dressed like a mannequin with a mask and a wig”.
The court heard Hardman confessed he had done it once before, in the women’s toilets at a university campus, but moved to the Bullring “because it was busier”.
Asked why he had done it, he replied: “I get sexual gratification out of everything that goes on in women’s toilets.”
He did not offer an explanation as to why he was dressed like a shop mannequin, only saying he had recently worn the mask and wig to a fancy dress party.
District Judge Lesley Mottram adjourned the case until May 10 to allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared.
Hardman was released on bail on condition he stayed away from public lavatories and did not enter any female toilets.
The judge warned him he could well be jailed because of the “aggressive” nature of his crime.