Man who filmed women in shower freed

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A University of Wollongong student who used his mobile phone to secretly film women in the shower has had his prison sentence overturned on appeal.

Jad Al-Shaddad was jailed for four months in July after confessing to secretly recording three women on separate occasions as they showered in the unisex bathrooms at the student residence International House in May and June this year.

The court heard Al-Shaddad would occupy the cubicle next to his victim and hold his phone slightly over the partition with the camera switched to record mode.

He was eventually reported to police after one of the women noticed the phone and confronted him.

In handing down the sentence last month, Magistrate Michael Stoddart said Al-Shaddad's actions showed a "complete lack of respect" for the women involved.

However, Al-Shaddad launched an appeal against the decision, claiming it was too harsh. In court on Wednesday, he said he had no excuse for his terrible conduct.

"Honestly, I think about this every day," the 18-year-old said, when asked to explain his actions.

"It wasn't a planned event ... I question myself on this every day. I feel disgusted, ashamed and disgraceful that I would do this not once but three times.

"It was never my intention or my plan to such a thing."

Al-Shaddad, who has since been moved from International House to accommodation at Kooloobong Village, said he had received an official reprimand from the university and was warned he would be kicked out of his course if he committed any further crimes.

Judge Paul Conlon accepted that Al-Shaddad was truly remorseful. He overturned the jail sentence and instead placed Al-Shaddad on a two-year good behaviour bond.

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