Man jailed for toilet cameras

Usman AzadSound Telegraph
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A businessman who recorded 90 people, including 12 children, on cameras hidden in a toilet block on Forrest Highway has been jailed for a year.

Andrew Mark Mynett, 46, who lived in Meadow Springs at the time, was sentenced in the Perth District Court on Friday on 12 counts of indecently recording children aged under 13.

Mynett placed two cameras in the women's restroom on Forrest Highway, near Old Bunbury Road.

The court heard Mynett's cameras, bought online, were found by a cleaner on April 6 and were given to police.

Mynett was found because his picture was recorded by his own camera and he was linked to fingerprints left at the scene.

During sentencing, Judge Patrick O'Neal was told Mynett was not a paedophile and his offence was not motivated by a sexual interest in children but he was interested in women. Judge O'Neal said this would be little consolation to the parents of the victims.

"It was inevitable in doing what you did that you would be capturing images of children and you did," he said.

"I accept that you were a somewhat troubled man, but it does not seem to have seriously affected your ability to function as a law-abiding adult for the previous 20 years and to have run a successful business."

Judge O'Neal took into account Mynett's early guilty plea, his co-operation with police and his troubled upbringing.

He also rejected a suggestion Mynett's jail term be suspended but ordered he be allowed to apply for parole.

Mynett was arrested after his photograph was released to the public by South West Detectives.

South West Detectives acting officer-in-charge Det-Sgt Al McNevin said it was in the community's interest police continue to be "on the front foot" when investigating similar offences.

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