27 October 2021

Turner man pleads guilty to charges after woman finds hidden camera in wardrobe

| Albert McKnight
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The Turner man pleaded guilty to image abuse charges. Photo: Albert McKnight.

A man has pleaded guilty to image abuse charges after a woman discovered a hidden camera in her wardrobe. On Tuesday (27 July), the man’s lawyer, Tom Taylor from McKenna Taylor, told the ACT Magistrates Court his client’s case had been through adjournments for the purpose of representations, which had been “largely successful”.

He then entered guilty pleas to two charges of making intimate observations or capturing visual data.

A different charge that had also been laid against him was withdrawn.

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Magistrate Robert Cook adjourned the case to 27 October for sentencing and ordered a pre-sentencing report.

The man remains on bail and faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

The exact details of his offending are yet to be made public as the documents showing the facts of the case have not been tendered to the court.

But last year, ACT Policing said the then-30-year-old from Turner was arrested on 14 December 2020.

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They had begun an investigation after a woman contacted them in November 2020 and told them she had found a hidden camera in her wardrobe.

Police seized the man’s electronic equipment and alleged they discovered 95 files containing “intimate images” of the woman that had been recorded in 2020.

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