Man Who Stalked Women Into Public Bathroom Avoids Jail
A man who stalked two different women into the toilets of a Sydney shopping centre has escaped jail time.
Joshua George, a 22-year-old New Zealander who lives in Blacktown with extended family, was handed a corrections order to complete 100 hours of community service for two counts of stalking to intimidate at Burwood Local court.
Magistrate Jennifer Giles described the crimes as “terrifying.”
“Women are terrified by it and you don’t recover,” she told the court.
The first incident happened in February 2017, when George followed a woman who was out to dinner with her family into the female toilets of the Top Ryde City shopping centre.
She was using the toilet when she heard a noise in the cubicle next to her, and looked to see George peering over the top.
She screamed causing George to flee with CCTV captured him running away.
The 24-year-old woman was so scared, she had to call her father on her mobile phone from inside.
The second incident was in August 2017 when George tried to follow a retail employee from her work to the bathroom, but left when another woman entered.
Instead he waited for her in the men’s toilets before following her back towards her workplace.
Scared, she waited inside until he was gone.
George’s Legal Aid defence lawyer told the court the nature of the crimes was more like “peeping and prying” as he never physically touched or spoke to the victims.
He also pushed for lenience, saying the incidents happened two years ago when the offender was only 20-years-old, and he has since had no other brushes with the law.
The magistrate considered the concern of the prosecution who also said George had shown no remorse for his actions.
“These girls won’t go into a public toilet again which makes their lives smaller and darker,”the Magistrate said.
“Well done, Mr George, for blackening the lives of these women.”
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