Simon Martin Fraser leaves the Ipswich Watchhouse on Friday.
Simon Martin Fraser leaves the Ipswich Watchhouse on Friday. Rob Williams

Pervert who secretly filmed step-daughter escapes jail

A MAN who installed a covert camera in his adult step-daughter's bathroom to film her showering has narrowly escaped jail.

Simon Martin Fraser, 47, pleaded guilty on Friday in Ipswich Magistrates Court to one count of observation in breach of privacy. The offences occurred on September 30, 2016 at Peak Crossing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rose Molinaro said Fraser installed his GoPro in the bathroom which pointed directly at the shower recess. She said the victim, 18, took a shower and while drying herself noticed the camera in a silver box near her make up bag.

"The victim noticed the red light on the camera and identified it as belonging to Fraser," she said.

"She took it into her bedroom, removed the SD card and tried to view what it contained on her laptop but it would not work."

Sergeant Molinaro said the victim noticed Fraser going into the bathroom and when he came out she held up the camera and asked whether he was looking for this. She said Fraser tried to blame her younger brother for putting the camera there before confessing to being responsible.

"He told the victim he did it because he had a high sex drive and the victim's mother would no longer have sex with him," she said.

"He also told the victim she was a beautiful young woman and asked she not tell her mother about what occurred."

The court heard during Fraser's police interview he tried to shift the blame back on the victim by saying he set the camera up in the lounge room to see who was stealing money from his wallet.

He initially said the victim was making up the story.

Defence barrister Stephen Kissick said Fraser was abusing alcohol at the time. He said the mining engineer's marriage had since ended and he was undergoing counselling for depression and anxiety.

"He has suffered a great deal of shame over this matter," he said.

"This behaviour is totally out of character and he is extremely remorseful for his actions."

Magistrate Deborah Vasta sentenced Fraser to four months behind bars but released him on immediate parole. She told Fraser it was a terrible breach of trust and he would have served actual time behind bars had it not been for his guilty plea.



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