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Man re-sentenced on charges of filming up skirts

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Man jailed for breaching conditions.
Camera IconMan jailed for breaching conditions. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

A man who was handed a suspended jail term for filming up the skirts of women and one child at a Bunbury shopping centre has been re-sentenced after breaching his reporting conditions.

Carl Douglas Wright, 26, was sentenced in Bunbury District Court in 2016 after he was found with 40 child exploitation images and 26 videos showing the underwear of women on his mobile phone.

The images and videos were of females who were shopping at Bunbury Centrepoint Shopping Centre in November 2014.

Wright was sentenced to 12 months jail, but the term was suspended for two years with program and supervision conditions.

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Wright breached the sentence by failing to appear at a scheduled meeting on November 13 last year and failing to comply with several other reporting conditions until he was eventually arrested by police on March 29.

At one point, Wright even moved to South Australia due to community backlash regarding his offending, despite not being allowed to leave the State.

He later returned to Western Australia and was issued with a final warning about his reporting.

Wright has since also been charged with three counts of possessing cannabis, three counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and breaching bail.

Wright appeared in Bunbury District Court again on Monday when he was re-sentenced.

Defence lawyer Fiona Walsh said Wright started out well on the suspended order but was later the target of “vigilante recriminations”.

Ms Walsh said Wright relapsed into drug use, became homeless and started injecting methamphetamine, but had attempted to re-engage with his reporting obligations.

Judge Bruce Goetze said a pre-sentence report raised concerns over Wright’s capacity to comply with conditions of a further order and if released, needed further treatment needs.

Judge Goetze warned Wright that he had to get back on his antidepressant medication and make steps on his plans to organise residential rehabilitation.

Taking into account that Wright had spent 243 days in custody since being arrested, Judge Goetze sentenced him to a further four months behind bars and made him eligible for parole.

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