Allyn Wilson Fitzgerald pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrate’s Court to 41 charges of recording women with his iPhone while they were showering.

A magistrate described the pervert’s actions as a “gross invasion of privacy”.

Detectives found 70 clips in Fitzgerald’s phone of women showering, filmed over a 12-month period from January last year to this month.

He filmed while hiding in nearby cubicles, but was busted by one of the women in November, which led to his arrest.

Fitzgerald was granted bail but was arrested and charged with a further count after he again filmed a women showering at a backpackers hostel yesterday.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo said there was a strong chance Fitzgerald would reoffend if released, despite his duty lawyer arguing the accused, a former Navy man, was homeless, suffering from depression and in need of psychiatric help outside prison.

Police prosecutor Sgt Andy Elliott, who called for an immediate jail term for Fitzgerald, said protection of the community must come first, since the 41 women were subjected to “horrific” experiences.

Fitzgerald is in custody ahead of his sentencing in March, with written pre-sentence and psychiatric reports pending.