A man has fronted court after being caught ‘upskirting’ a female shopper at Kmart.
Cameron Luke Worrall pleaded guilty to one count of indecent acts in public when he appeared at WA’s Rockingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
But despite his actions being described as a ‘disgusting act’, the 25-year-old managed to escapee jail - receiving a hefty fine instead.
The court heard that the incident happened shortly after Worrall started following the 35-year-old victim as she browsed through the aisles of the Kmart store in Rockingham. He eventually pulled out his phone as he walked behind her, angling it so he could film under her skirt as she walked.
When the victim turned around and saw what her attacker was doing, she took a photo of Worrall - leading to his arrest.
Said the police prosecutor, as reported in the Weekend Courier: ‘This [is an] abhorrent act on a female just browsing in Kmart, who looked behind and saw the accused filming her while she was vulnerable.
‘Women, whether walking along or in company of others, deserve to be safe.
‘The penalty must reflect that this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated at any time. Some form of imprisonment must cross your mind, your honour.
‘We oppose a spent conviction and I think the populace of WA would consider this a disgusting act.’
Worrall’s lawyer argued that he was stressed at the time and that it wasn’t planned.
‘It was an extremely shocking experience for him and he is very remorseful,’ he said, as reported in the Weekend Courier.
‘It wasn’t a planned or pre-meditated act.’
To which Magistrate Vivien Edwards responded: ‘It was no doubt a shocking experience for the victim too.’
In sentencing, the Magistrate said: ‘Women are entitled to go about their business safely.
‘The maximum penalty is $9000 or nine months in prison — that demonstrates the seriousness of it.’
However she chose not to impose a prison term, fining Worrall $2500 instead.