Two thousand for hospice charity in toilet camera case

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A man who was found attempting to photograph people in a toilet in NUI Maynooth has been ordered to pay €2,000 to a charity supporting St. Brigid’s Hospice in the Curragh.

At Kilcock District Court on 3 June, Peter Dunne of 48 Meadow Copse, Clonsilla, Dublin 15, was found to have been placing a camera in a toilet on the campus on 18 February of this year.

Judge John Coughlan did not convict of an offence of threatening and abusive behaviour after evidence was given of the defendant’s actions.

The Court was told that Gardai had been told about the recording which had been brought to the attention of the security staff at NUIM.

Mr. Dunne, a science graduate, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, was seen placing a camera at the toilet, around 8pm on 18 February last.

Mr Dunne was charged with threatening and intimidating behaviour.

He pleaded guilty and brief facts of the incident were told to the Court by the Gardai.

The defendant’s solicitor asked to hear the case last due to its sensitive nature.

Mr. Dunne was said to have committed “a shameful act,”which also described by his legal representative as “a stunt.”

The Court was told he had no previous convictions.

Judge John Coughlan asked solicitor, David Powderly, what was the most deserving charity in the area, He replied it was the local hospice shop in Kilcock which supported the Hospice in the Curragh.

Judge Coughlan said: “I’ll take €2,000,” and asked Mr. Dunne to have it in half an hour. He did so and the charge was struck out.




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