A man on the Sunshine Coast was given a suspended sentence for secretly filming six women who had used his home toilet for three years.
Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court heard Jamie Steven Kuz, now 41 years old, invited people from his church group to his home several times from January 2018 to March 2021 and set the phone in his toilet bag to film the women.
His crimes came to light when a woman noticed the phone, saw videos on it, and realized it had been filmed.
She then transferred some videos to her own phone before confronting Mr. Kuzu about it.
A Sippy Downs man has pleaded guilty to 10 allegations of sighting or recording in violation of personal privacy.
People on the toilet “expect privacy”
Prosecutor David Hoffman told the court that ‘going to the bathroom’ is one place where everyone in the community should expect privacy. One should never expect to be filmed. “
Mr Hoffman said women would be forever affected by the crime and that many “felt the need to do a search every time they went to the bathroom outside their home.”
Mr Hoffman described the recordings as a pre-arranged crime.
“The victims believed they were in a safe place, all part of the same church group, and believed they should be able to handle everything they needed.”
Kuz’s lawyer, Gabe Hutchinson, told the court that his client had remorse and “wished his victims to be given justice,” adding that the 41-year-old had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
After being caught, he also told the court that Kuz had confessed to some recordings that the police did not know about.
Mr Hutchinson said in court that his client would probably lose his nine-year job in a call center because he had not now passed the required police check.
Deep psychological impact
Judge Catherine Benson said she had received a report from a professional psychologist that Kuz had been abused as a child and that this could explain his behavior to some extent.
However, Benson Municipality said Kuz had “only recently” taken steps to obtain advice to address his problems and would need “significant support” to prevent further insults.
“The psychological impact has been profound and will continue,” she said.
Kuz was sentenced to six months in prison with a suspended sentence of 18 months with a suspended sentence of 18 months, when he would have to obtain counseling.
Judge Benson also ordered that the conviction be recorded.
Police warn that privacy violations are becoming more frequent
Outside the court, Sergeant David Bradley said police were increasingly reporting privacy breaches using phone records.
He said the crime was exacerbated because the victims thought they were in a safe place because they knew Kuz.
“They expected and should be given the privacy of the circumstances in which they found themselves. It was an absolute abuse of trust and that privacy,” he explained.
Senior Sergeant Bradley said he was pleased that the court ordered Kuz to get help.
“There’s also a significant suspended sentence over his head, so we think it’s a healthy sentence, and we’re sending good news to the community,” said Sergeant Bradley.