Man caught watching upskirt videos in Tesco cafe moments after filming women

Will Metcalfe
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Karl Berger was spotted ‘upskirting’ women while pretending to shop in Tesco in Yeovil. He was later caught by store security watching his footage in the store’s cafe. Stock image. (PA)

A pervert who filmed up women’s skirts in a supermarket was caught by security viewing his sick footage – while sat in the in-store cafe.

Karl Berger was caught when security found him in the cafe at Tesco’s Yeovil store, viewing his obscene upskirting footage.

Magistrates have told Berger, who was spotted stalking the aisles, that he could be jailed for his offences.

A male shopper saw him bending down and sweeping his shopping basket, which contained his mobile phone, under the victims’ skirts.

Berger was spotted by a shopper sweeping his shopping basket, containing a mobile phone, beneath women. Stock image.

The man turned the tables and took pictures of Berger committing the offences and notified store security who found him in the cafe admiring his handiwork on a laptop.

When he was later questioned by police he confessed what he had been doing adding that he had been “a silly boy” and had been “doing it for a while”.

Berger, 55, of Rame Cross, Penryn, Cornwall, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.

He pleaded guilty to a charge that between February 13, 2017 and July 3, 2018 at Yeovil and elsewhere in various public places he committed acts outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner, namely that he filmed up the skirts of females without their knowledge or consent.

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He also admitted a further allegation of being in possession of 8.95 g of cannabis (class B) at Penryn on July 2, 2018.

The court heard a witness was with his wife and young daughter shopping in the store when he saw a female in the clothing section who was wearing a dress.

“He saw Berger, who was very close to her holding a shopping basket and he then walked past, leant over and deliberately lowered the basket under the hem of her dress,” said prosecutor Emma Lenanton.

The matter was reported to security staff at Tesco and the witness showed them his photos.

Miss Lenanton added: “He went to the upstairs café for a drink and was seen looking at his phone and laptop but then became aware he was being monitored and attempted to run away.”

Defending solicitor Ray Peters said that Berger had been committing these offences over a period of time and a total of 17 clips were found on his phone.

Magistrates told Berger he could be jailed, he is due back before the court on April 2.

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