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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Camera ban by court for Cumbrian ‘deviant’

A repeat sex offender labelled a “depraved sexual deviant” has been banned from owning any device with a camera.

Antony Nichols photo
Antony Nichols

Antony Nichols, 55, used his mobile phone to film himself sexually assaulting two sleeping women in a case a judge described as “troubling”.

He has been jailed for five years and three months, put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and banned from owning a mobile phone or any other device with a camera. Judge Paul Batty QC told Nichols, who was already on the sex offenders’ register for a previous offence of groping a woman in a pub : “The darker side of your character indicates that you pose a danger to women.”

Nichols, of English Street, Longtown, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault.

He pleaded not guilty to two related charges of voyeurism – recording women doing private acts “with an intention that he would later view the image for sexual gratification, knowing that they had not given their consent” – and these were left lying on the court file.

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