A man who secretly filmed intimate images of two women by hiding cameras in bathrooms has been sentenced to a year in prison.
nthony Dunne, 61, captured video of a colleague at the factory he worked at while she was using the shower facilities by attaching a camera to his phone and hiding the devices behind boxes.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that Dunne also filmed his then-partner’s daughter-in-law while she was using the bathroom at their home.
Dunne of Hazelmere, Naas, Co Kildare pleaded guilty to harassing Leanne Daly at an address in Clondalkin, Dublin between February 2020 and April 2020.
He also pleaded guilty to taking an intimate picture without consent on March 23, 2021 at O’Neills Factory, Long Mile Road, Walkinstown, Dublin. He has no criminal record.
Prosecutor Mark Lynam BL told the court the injured parties had been consulted and none of them sought anonymity.
In today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Orla Crowe said there was no denying the invasion of privacy in this case.
She said the insult was compounded by the fact that Dunne knew these women, that they trusted him and therefore it was a gross breach of trust and privacy.
She said there was a significant amount of intent. She said he would have had to watch their movements to know where they would be to set up the phone.
Judge Crowe sentenced Dunne to one year in prison. She also ordered that he should have no contact with Ms Daly for two years after his release.
In her victim statement, Paula Jordan said it had started off to be a really good day, but little did she know that that afternoon she would be left “disgusted and distraught” by a work colleague she’d known for 20 years on camera to record her secretly.
Ms Jordan said it was “extremely distressing” to now realize that he was “obviously stalking her” for doing what he did. She said it was very deliberate and it scared her to think about what was going through his mind.
She said it seriously affected her trust in people. She said she had trouble sleeping, was nervous most of the time, and was anxious.
Ms Jordan said she no longer uses the shower facilities at work.
In her victim statement, Leanne Daly said it had a serious impact on her since she found out that someone she trusted had been secretly filming her at her home, where she had always felt safe.
Ms Daly said she couldn’t sleep at night and was woken up by nightmares in which he was watching her. She said that no matter how hard she tries, the visions won’t go away and that it will haunt her forever.
She said what got her stressed was the length he took to picking her up in the shower. She said he must have known her routine as the timing had to be perfect to catch her.
Ms Daly said she was relieved he was caught because she doesn’t want another girl to go through what she went through.
Garda Sean Carrick told Mr Lynam that Ms Jordan returned from a lunchtime run at the factory where she was working in HR on the day of March 2021. Dunne worked as a delivery driver at the same factory.
Gda Carrick said Ms Jordan was using the shower facility at the factory and, while drying off, she tripped slightly and bumped into some boxes. This led to her noticing a phone on the floor with a cord sticking out that connected to a camera.
Ms. Jordan picked up the phone and found that it had been recording for about an hour. She was able to determine that an email address linked to the phone bore Dunne’s name, and she gave it to factory management before contacting Gardaí two days later.
Dunne was called into the office by management, where he was asked to confirm that the phone was his. He confirmed it was his phone, declined to choose disciplinary action and resigned effective immediately.
Gardaí were given custody of the phone and were able to analyze it after Dunne provided the PIN. They viewed the captured video, which showed a dark room for the first 50 minutes before Ms Jordan walked in and was filmed showering.
Gardaí also found pictures of another woman on the phone. Dunne was in a relationship with a woman at the time and had set up his phone to take intimate pictures of Ms Daly, his then partner’s daughter-in-law, in the bathroom of their home.
Dunne had not lived in this house in Clondalkin but had been a frequent visitor during the twelve years or so that he had been in the relationship. The images were taken between February and April 2020.
Gda Carrick agreed with Oisin Clarke BL and defended that it would have been much more difficult for gardaí to analyze him if his client had not given gardaí the PIN for his phone. He agreed that his client was never noticed before or after these incidents.
The Garda agreed with the attorney that family ties were broken due to the nature of this offence. He agreed that Dunne has been out of work since the crime became known and that it was of his own making.
Mr Clarke said his client had a low risk of recidivism.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/man-who-used-hidden-camera-to-secretly-film-two-women-as-they-showered-jailed-for-one-year-41523414.html A man who used a hidden camera to film two women in the shower was sentenced to one year in prison