A MAN who secretly filmed his stepdaughter as she showered in their home has been handed a suspended prison term
The 27-year-old man, who cannot be named, filmed the 16-year-old girl at their Warwick Rd home on August 5.
The video, which went for almost 20 minutes, showed the girl undressing, showering and changing before she discovered the phone.
The girl asked the man to clean the bathroom before she had a shower, because her mother had been sick in there before, and while he was cleaning it up he hid his mobile phone in a sock near the toilet. The man started recording as he set up the device, so the video captured him working on getting the angle just right to point at the shower screen.
When she had finished showering she discovered the phone, and immediately recognised it as her stepfather's because the screen was cracked and it had actually belonged to her before she gave it to him.
Her mother called the police and when officers arrived they found the man at the house. He said he had consumed six bourbons and smoked marijuana and was unable to be interviewed.
The man was arrested and taken to Yamanto Police Station where he told officers the reason he filmed the girl "to see if she reacted to vomit in the shower".
He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to observations or recordings in breach of privacy.
He was sentenced to four months prison, wholly suspended for three years.
Defence lawyer Vincent Knox said the man had accepted the gravity of his actions and was very remorseful for what happened.
The man's case was dealt with in Ipswich Murri Court, which is due to wind up in a fortnight after State Government cuts.
The Murri Court was a justice system where indigenous elders help the magistrate to understand issues and culture when sentencing. If the offender is at risk of being sent to jail, they can plead guilty in the magistrates court and apply to be dealt with on the Murri Court bail program.
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