Tuesday 20 August 2019

Man filmed children in shopping centre toilet

A man who used a hidden camera wrapped in a newspaper to spy on children in toilets at a busy shopping centre has appeared in court. (stock photo)
A man who used a hidden camera wrapped in a newspaper to spy on children in toilets at a busy shopping centre has appeared in court. (stock photo)

Stephen Maguire

A man who used a hidden camera wrapped in a newspaper to spy on children in toilets at a busy shopping centre has appeared in court.

Gardaí caught Kieran Griffin carrying out the lewd behaviour in Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Co Donegal, on July 8, 2016. Griffin, of Cashel, Fanad, who was studying computer technology at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, was found in possession of two phones, a memory card and a pen camera.

Gardaí subsequently seized a laptop and other hard-drives as well as a five-page child pornographic story.

Garda Det Stephen McGonagle outlined the contents of material found on Griffin's computer. He revealed how the covert camera pen had been placed in Griffin's bathroom at the home he shared with his elderly mother.

The video recordings showed Griffin, who is in his 50s, setting up the camera and then footage of a young woman using the bathroom including scenes of her showering.

Griffin later pleaded guilty to a range of charges including possession of child pornography and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour on dates between 2011 and 2017.

The accused man's brother John took to the witness stand and said it had ripped his family apart but that Griffin was still his brother.

Griffin apologised to his victims and family. Judge Aylmer released the accused on his own bail to appear at the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court for sentence in July.

Irish Independent

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