Sunday, 7 January 2018

Suspended Sentence For Secret Camera Live Nation Exec

A Vice President with global concert giants Live Nation, whose sordid double-life was exposed by a Scotland Yard detective who saw him filming up female commuters’ skirts, received a suspended prison sentence on Friday.

The officer, Driss Hayoukane, exposed the seemingly respectable £180,000-a year Andrew MacRae, 43, who had been also filming his female neighbour, a house guest, work colleague and random holidaymakers.

When officers searched his £550,000 matrimonial home they discovered the married dad-of-one eight year-old boy had been secretly filming the neighbour sunbathing while receiving regular intimate waxing.

The house guest was recorded on his motion-detection camera undressing for bed, wearing a “revealing” nightdress and bathrobe.

Inner London Crown Court Judge Jeremy Donne QC told him: “This was undoubtedly a sophisticated, organised, planned and long-running campaign of voyeurism, albeit executed sporadically.”

MacRae was sentenced to twenty months imprisonment, suspended for two years and must participate in a 60-day Sexual Offenders Programme. 

The charity and school coach volunteer he had hoarded approximately 49,000 images and is now receiving sex addiction counselling.

MacRae, of Hartfield, Caynham, Ludlow, Shropshire pleaded guilty to three counts of outraging public decency on July 19, last year, the day of his arrest, and on trains between July 12 and August 21, 2013 and between May 2 and July 4, last year.

He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of voyeurism for the purpose of sexual gratification at his former marital home at in Holmesdale Avenue, Redhill between January 2, 2013 and February 28, last year.

The University of Exeter graduate, who was VP of Finance & Strategic Initiatives, until his sacking was also accused of stealing three items of underwear from a female work colleague, but this charge was dropped.

However, he did admit taking and trying on her underwear and filming himself when she left her gym bag near her desk.

“These offences are rightly considered with revulsion by the public in general and women in particular,” the judge told balding MacRae.

“Women will undoubtedly feel a need to be protected from such behaviour by the knowledge that the courts will deal with offenders severely and men will thereby be deterred from committing such offences.

“On the other hand, you suffer from an illness that can be treated and you have submitted to that treatment.”

Prosecutor Miss Kate Blumgart told the court of his arrest: “On that day a Detective Inspector was on his way to work travelling on Southern Rail from Mersham to Clapham Junction.

“He was off-duty and arrived at Clapham Junction at 7.15am to catch a train to Vauxhall.

“As he was waiting for his train to Vauxhall his attention was drawn to Mr. MacRae standing behind a blonde female in a light summer dress.

 “His laptop bag was placed behind her, near her legs and a gold-topped pen visible at the top of the bag grabbed his attention.

“Mr. MacRae seemed to be changing the angle of the bag and the pen. The female got on the train and Mr. MacRae made his way through an open door and stood next to another female, wearing a red dress.

“He stood very close and again positioned his bag on the floor between the female’s legs, with the pen pointing towards the victim.

“He was holding the straps of the laptop bag and was repositioning it while holding an iPhone in his left hand.”

The officer confronted MacRae while the woman protested the defendant had done nothing. “He said: ‘Yes it is a camera’ and she was visibly shocked.” 

He claimed he bought the pen as a “gadget” and had filmed two female commuters a day for a fortnight for sexual gratification and downloaded the footage when he returned home.

“He said he felt disgusted with himself and felt pressure at home to: ‘Keep up with the Jones’s’” added Miss Blumgart.

Police searched MacRae’s matrimonial home and seized a hard drive from a first-floor office. “There were a large number, thousands of pornographic files.”

Folders had been carefully arranged and included 160 semi-naked shots of unsuspecting women labelled ‘Ibiza 2014.’

In ‘Amazon’ were 50 recordings of his female neighbour, who he had filmed from an upstairs window and through a gap in the garden fence.

“She was wearing a dress siting on the lawn, her knickers are visible and there is another of her receiving an intimate waxing and performing yoga.”

There were 9 recordings he made of trying on her underwear when she trusted him with her house key during a vacation and 21 frolicking semi-naked in her bedroom.

There were recordings of him wearing his work colleague’s underwear, plus a recording of the woman at work and recordings of himself wearing the houseguest’s underwear.

On some occasions MacRae “slowed down” the footage made compilations and used techniques to enhance the quality of the pictures.

He made further multiple train recordings of female commuters’ legs and busts, including one unsuspecting female, who found herself in his ‘Eurostar’ file.

MacRae told police he filmed his neighbour being waxed when spotting the firm’s van parked outside her home, describing that as his “trigger.”

“She feels her privacy has been completely invaded and that she respected and trusted the defendant,” explained Miss Blumgart. “She feels extremely angry at the thought of him taking photographs of her.

“She feels violated, she is in disbelief and shock and feels embarrassment at such an invasion of her privacy.”

The woman MacRae was filming when arrested no longer travels on public transport alone. “She feels the incident was incredibly scary and is violated and embarrassed.”

His lawyer Sarah Elliott said: “His marriage has broken down although his wife does consider reconciliation. He’s lost his employment, it was terminated.

“No doubt it will make lurid headlines and that will bring great shame on him.”

Live Nation sacked MacRae after his arrest and the company say they condemn his behaviour.

The judge even ordered MacRae to pay £102 compensation to his former neighbour to cover the cost of changing her locks.

He was also made subject to a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, banning him from owning secret cameras and taking photos on public transport and he must sign the sex offenders register for the same period.

Judge Donne added: “There has been a certain amount of comment in the media in the past year of police being unwilling or unable to pursue allegations of the type in this case, in particular so-called up-skirting.

“As this case clearly demonstrates, a well-trained, diligent police officer is perfectly capable of detecting criminal activity of this kind and dealing with it appropriately.

“Detective Inspector Hayoukane behaved in an exemplary manner and is to be complimented for his actions.”

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Sir Samuel Brittan's 'Trusted Friend' Denies Taking £90,000-Plus From The Alzheimer-Sufferer

A ‘trusted friend’ and assistant to veteran business journalist Sir Samuel Brittan, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to taking approximately £90,000 from the Alzheimer-sufferer. 

Michelle Braithwaite, 47, of
Whitstable House, Silchester Road, North Kensington, will return to Inner London Crown Court for a trial on June 11.

Sir Samuel, 83, is the elder brother of the late Sir Leon Brittan, who died in January, 2015 aged seventy-five and was the former Home Secretary to Margaret Thatcher.

He was the first economics correspondent for the Financial Times, where he still writes a column and was the economics editor at The Observer.

Cambridge graduate Sir Samuel is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. 

Today prosecutor Mr. John Cammegh told the court: “Sir Samuel was diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s on December 20, 2016.”

There was a recent doctor’s report. “The GP noted no signs of deterioration and he was still taking medication.” 

Braithwaite pleaded not guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position between August 1, 2016 and April 30, in that as a trusted friend and helper she withdrew unauthorised sums of money from Sir Samuel’s Coutts & Co. bank account.

She also faces another count of fraud by false representation on dates between September 1, 2016 and March 31, last year, that she had permission to use Sir Samuel’s American Express card.

Braithwaite also denied that on October 17, 2016 she dishonestly made a false representation in a false document that she had third-party authorisation to use Sir Samuel’s American Express card.

Braithwaite also denied stealing money from from Sir Samuel between August 1, 2016 and April 13, last year.

Judge Jeremy Donne QC set a five-day trial, announcing: “The financial transactions are not going to be disputed, it is what lies behind them.

“The case is she took the money and used these cards either with claim of right or permission.”

Sir Samuel may need the assistance of an intermediary if giving evidence via a video link. “That will be inevitable if Sir Samuel gives evidence,” said Mr. Cammegh.

Braithwaite’s lawyer Mr. Dale Beeson said the trial would take longer than usual. “There is a complainant (Sir Samuel) with a vulnerability issue.”

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Live Nation Accounts Exec Was Obsessed With Secretly Filming Women

A Vice President with global concert giants Live Nation had his sordid double-life exposed when caught by a Scotland Yard detective filming up female commuters’ skirts, a court heard yesterday.

The officer exposed the seemingly respectable £180,000-a year Andrew MacRae, 43, who had been also filming his female neighbour, a house guest, work colleague and random holidaymakers.

When officers searched his £550,000 matrimonial home they discovered the married dad-of-one eight year-old boy had been secretly filming the neighbour sunbathing and receiving regular intimate waxing.

The house guest was recorded on his motion-detection camera undressing for bed, wearing a “revealing” nightdress and bathrobe.

The charity and school coach volunteer he had hoarded approximately 49,000 images and is now receiving sex addiction counselling.

MacRae, of Hartfield, Caynham, Ludlow, Shropshire pleaded guilty to three counts of outraging public decency on July 19, last year, the day of his arrest, and on trains between July 12 and August 21, 2013 and between May 2 and July 4, last year.

He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of voyeurism for the purpose of sexual gratification at his former marital home at 33 Holmesdale Avenue, Redhill between January 2, 2013 and February 28, last year.

The University of Exeter graduate, who was VP of Finance & Strategic Initiatives, until his sacking was also accused of stealing three items of underwear from a female work colleague, but this charge was dropped.

However, he did admit taking and trying on her underwear and filming himself when she left her gym bag near her desk.

MacRae will return to Inner London Crown Court on Friday for sentencing. 

Prosecutor Miss Kate Blumgart told the court of his arrest: “On that day a Detective Inspector was on his way to work travelling on Southern Rail from Mersham to Clapham Junction.
Feeling Guilty: MacRae Leaving Court After Plea

“He was off-duty and arrived at Clapham Junction at 7.15am to catch a train to Vauxhall.

“As he was waiting for his train to Vauxhall his attention was drawn to Mr. MacRae standing behind a blonde female in a light summer dress.

 “His laptop bag was placed behind her, near her legs and a gold-topped pen visible at the top of the bag grabbed his attention.

“Mr. MacRae seemed to be changing the angle of the bag and the pen. The female got on the train and Mr. MacRae made his way through an open door and stood next to another female, wearing a red dress.

“He stood very close and again positioned his bag on the floor between the female’s legs, with the pen pointing towards the victim.

“He was holding the straps of the laptop bag and was repositioning it while holding an iPhone in his left hand.”

The officer confronted MacRae while the woman protested the defendant had done nothing. “He said: ‘Yes it is a camera’ and she was visibly shocked.” 

He claimed he bought the pen as a “gadget” and had filmed two female commuters a day for a fortnight for sexual gratification and downloaded the footage when he returned home.

“He said he felt disgusted with himself and felt pressure at home to: ‘Keep up with the Jones’s’” added Miss Blumgart.

Police searched MacRae’s matrimonial home and seized a hard drive from a first-floor office. “There were a large number, thousands of pornographic files.”

Folders had been carefully arranged and included 160 semi-naked shots of unsuspecting women labelled ‘Ibiza 2014.’

In ‘Amazon’ were 50 recordings of his female neighbour, who he had filmed from an upstairs window and through a gap in the garden fence.

“She was wearing a dress siting on the lawn, her knickers are visible and there is another of her receiving an intimate waxing and performing yoga.”

There were 9 recordings he made of trying on her underwear when she trusted him with her house key during a vacation and 21 frolicking semi-naked in her bedroom.

There were recordings of him wearing his work colleague’s underwear, plus a recording of the woman at work and recordings of himself wearing the houseguest’s underwear.

On some occasions MacRae “slowed down” the footage made compilations and used techniques to enhance the quality of the pictures.

He made further multiple train recordings of female commuters’ legs and busts, including one unsuspecting female, who found herself in his ‘Eurostar’ file.

MacRae told police he filmed his neighbour being waxed when spotting the firm’s van parked outside her home, describing that as his “trigger.”

“She feels her privacy has been completely invaded and that she respected and trusted the defendant,” explained Miss Blumgart. “She feels extremely angry at the thought of him taking photographs of her.

“She feels violated, she is in disbelief and shock and feels embarrassment at such an invasion of her privacy.”

The woman MacRae was filming when arrested no longer travels on public transport alone. “She feels the incident was incredibly scary and is violated and embarrassed.”

His lawyer Sarah Elliott said: “His marriage has broken down although his wife does consider reconciliation. He’s lost his employment, it was terminated.

“No doubt it will make lurid headlines and that will bring great shame on him.”

Live Nation sacked MacRae after his arrest and the company say they condemn his behaviour.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Gunner Get A Driving Ban: Arsenal FC Star Caught Behind Wheel After Boozy Night Out

A young Arsenal star crashed through signs and a wooden fence in his brand-new Range Rover Sport while twice the drink-drive limit after birthday vodka celebrations.

Chuba Amechi Akpom, 22, who has 45 England Youth caps, lost control at a roundabout near his home at 4.50am and mounted a grass verge as an off-duty policeman watched.

The six-foot centre-forward, of Wayside, Barnet Road, Barnet, was fined £9,350, with £85 costs and disqualified for seventeen months on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court to driving the black 3-litre diesel automatic with 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath on December 17, last year.

The legal limit is 35.

Akpom has made ten first-team appearances for Arsenal and had loan spells with Brentford; Coventry City; Nottingham Forest; Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Prosecutor Mr. Zahid Hussain told the court Akpom, who signed his first pro contract with the Gunners the day after his seventeenth birthday, was driving near his home in Barnet Road.

“His driving was erratic and he was observed by an off-duty police officer. He was parallel to a Shell petrol station and lost control, mounting the grass verge.

“He crashed into roadside furniture then drove back towards the road and into a heavy-duty fencing, knocking it down and out of the ground.

“He caused extensive damage to his Range Rover and left considerable debris strewn around the road.”

Akpom failed a roadside breath-test and was taken to Colindale Police Station, from where he returned home by taxi.

His lawyer Mr. Aki Achillea told the court Akpom’s father feared the worst when he saw the damaged vehicle near the family home.

“His father woke up later and found the crashed car outside the gate with no driver and for a moment he was seriously concerned about what had happened to his son.

“He was about to ring hospitals and the police, fearing his son, being a high-profile footballer, had been abducted so this has effected the family as well.

“He has let himself down and made a dreadful mistake for a boy that has always been so disciplined.

“He succumbed to temptation. He went out with friends and they had a meal in the West End and after drinking only cranberry juice he drove to a club in Watford.

“Celebrating a friend’s twenty-first birthday he was drinking cranberry juice when he stupidly agreed for vodka to be put into his glass.

“He tells me he had two glasses and the cranberry juice disguised the taste of the vodka. For someone who does not drink alcohol it does have an effect.

“He clearly should have taken a taxi home, but it is not anything he considered because he has not done this before.

“He accepts he was not in a fit state to drive and lost control at a roundabout near his home.

“He lives very close to the club’s training ground and there have been discussions with Arsene Wenger about loaning him out and that could be anywhere in England.

“He will be in a place he doesn’t know and will be unable to drive. He will have to ensure there is someone who can drive him around and his movements will be curtailed by that burden.

“It will have an onerous effect on him, considering the risk to his safety and well-being.” 

The court heard Akpom has been with Arsenal since he was seven years-old . “The dream of most young children is to grow up and become a professional footballer,” added the lawyer.

“Very few achieve that dream and even less to the extent that they become part of a Premier League football squad as this defendant is.

“In the days of billion pound deals, where a football club can recruit footballers from all over the world it is a fact this defendant is part of the first team squad at Arsenal.

“This defendant goes to work with international footballers as he makes his way to joining these players.

“He has made enormous sacrifices, as has his family, and his father sits in court today. There were considerable burdens for the family to get their young protege to matches.

“Football has dominated his entire life and with those great rewards he realises there comes responsibility.”

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Cocaine Teen's Custody Blow

A drug-dealing teenager has been locked-up for three-and-a-half years after he was caught with cocaine in north London.

Matthew Shrubsole, 19, of Campion Road, Hatfield, Hertfordshire also had a large quantity of incriminating cash on him and a small knife.

He was arrested on the busy Mays Lane, Barnet on April 13, 2016 and there was a police appeal for his whereabouts after he went to ground three months later.

Once located he appeared at Hendon Magistrates Court charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine; possession of cocaine with intent to supply and simple posession of the drug.

Shrubsole was also charged with possessing criminal property, namely a quantity of money and the knife.

The case was sent to Harrow Crown Court, where he was sentenced to serve time at a Young Offenders Institution.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Violent Hair-Pull Woman Jailed

Devonshire Terrace
A violent woman has been jailed for three months for grabbing another woman's hair, shaking her and kicking her in a Paddington street.

Claire Gwendoline McMahon, 41, had always contested the case and was even charged with jumping bail during the court proceedings.

She was convicted that on September 14, 2016 she assaulted Celine Orthlieb in Devonshire Terrace.

McMahon originally entered a not guilty plea in March, last year and eventually came to trial in November.

She was already serving a sentence of fourteen weeks imprisonment and the three months was ordered to run concurrently to that so she will not be locked-up for extra time.

McMahon was also ordered to pay £400 compensation to the victim and a collection order was made.