Man caught ‘upskirting’ in Kmart escapes jail

A 24-year-old man has become the first person to plead guilty over Western Australia's revenge porn laws.
A 24-year-old man has become the first person to plead guilty over Western Australia's revenge porn laws.

A MAN who claims he was stressed at being caught ‘upskirting’ a woman as she shopped in Kmart has escaped jail.

Cameron Luke Worrall, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent acts in public when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Worrall began following the 35-year-old victim in Kmart before he angled his phone behind her and filmed up her skirt while she was browsing in the Rockingham store on January 11.

The victim turned around and realising what was happening, quickly took a photo of Worrall.

 

His lawyer said he was stressed at the time.

“It was an extremely shocking experience for him and he is very remorseful,” he said.

“It wasn’t a planned or pre-meditated act.”

Magistrate Vivien Edwards interjected on behalf of the victim.

“It was no doubt a shocking experience for the victim too,” she said.

The lawyer asked for a spent conviction.

But the police prosecutor said it was disgusting and said prison time must be considered.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Magistrate Edwards again stressed the trauma it would have caused the victim.

“Women are entitled to go about their business safely,” she said.

“The maximum penalty is $9000 or nine months in prison — that demonstrates the seriousness of it.

“I’ve given consideration to a prison term due to the opportunistic nature of it.

“I have read the report and that you are extremely remorseful and have taken steps to address the issues from which the offending stems.

“I am unable to be persuaded it is unlikely you would not commit an offence like this again due to the ongoing process of addressing your issues.”

She did not sentence him to prison but fined Worrall $2500 and rejected a spent conviction.