Stepfather films girl in shower
A MAN who secretly filmed his step-daughter as she showered in their home has admitted the offence in court.
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, and while he was in there 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 was vomiting in the shower".
He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court to observations or recordings in breach of privacy.
Defence lawyer Vincent Knox transferred the man's case to the Ipswich Murri Court where it will next be mentioned on September 21.
The Murri Court is 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.
The Murri Court doesn't usually accept sex offenders, but as the charge of observations or recordings in breach of privacy isn't a sex offence, the elders accepted the man into the program.
While on the bail program the man must attend meetings and counselling sessions at the Children of the Dreaming's Ipswich Community Social Justice Group in Bundamba.