Photographer of new-born babies arrested to face consumer charges (Melissa Sheed Photography)

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A photographer of new-born babies was arrested and has appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today 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 Ms 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 the Consumer Protection website. Enquiries can be made by email consumer@dmirs.wa.gov.au or by phone 1300 30 40 54.

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Media Contact: Alan Hynd, (08) 6552 9248 / 0429 078 791 / alan.hynd@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Nov 2020

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