New-born baby photographer set to stand trial next week

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety

The trial of a baby photographer accused of failing to supply images to parents for photos they had paid for is scheduled for Tuesday 21 September at the Perth Magistrates Court, according to the announcement by the WA Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety.

The case dates back to November 2020 when a photographer of new-born babies was arrested and appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on six charges of accepting payments from consumers but failing to supply some of the images to parents, an alleged breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

An arrest warrant was issued against Melissa Sheed of Aubin Grove after numerous attempts by Consumer Protection to serve her with a court summons failed.

Commissioner for Consumer Protection Lanie Chopping is pleased that this case is finally before the courts.

“This matter has created a lot of stress and anxiety for some parents who claim they are still waiting to receive images that can now never be replaced,” Ms Chopping said.

“So they and Consumer Protection are looking forward to this case being considered by the court with the hope of a satisfactory conclusion for all parties involved.”

No plea was entered by Ms Sheed during today’s court appearance and the case was adjourned until 27 January 2021.

Consumer Protection issued a public warning about Melissa Sheed Photography in May 2019: Photographer of new-born babies a cause for consumer concern (Melissa Sheed Photography)

Consumers who have had issues with Melissa Sheed Photography and have yet to lodge a complaint are urged to do so via theConsumer Protection website.

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