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Man set up mobile to take photos of woman in shower

FINDING images of yourself in the shower on somebody's iPad would be a disturbing experience.

For one Gladstone woman, that was the exact situation she found herself in after innocently helping a friend set up for a child's birthday party.

Matthew John Tonkin was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of making observations or recordings in breach of privacy. 

The court heard that on November 29 last year, the victim had gone to the home of a friend to help prepare for a birthday party and, after having a few drinks, stayed the night.

After waking up, the victim decided to take a shower at the friend's home.

However, Tonkin had set up a Samsung mobile phone behind a pot plant on the windowsill near the toilet on a timer to take still photos of the victim as she showered.

Thirty-nine-year-old Tonkin would have got away with his actions, except the victim visited the home again some time afterwards and discovered the images on Tonkin's iPad.

Defence solicitor Sharon Kang argued her client, who made full admissions and apologies, had been under the influence of drugs at the time of the offence.

Magistrate Russell Warfield said what Tonkin had done was a gross breach of trust and that drug-taking was no excuse for his actions.

Mr Warfield recorded a conviction against Tonkin and sentenced him to 18 months probation.

Topics:  crime, gladstone magistrates court, mobile phone




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