Computer expert spied on children in shopping centre toilets

first_imgA 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.Gardai caught Kieran Griffin carrying out the lewd behaviour in the toilets of Letterkenny Shopping Centre in Co Donegal on July 8th, 2016. The computer graduate was well-known in the area as he normally wore a kilt due to his Scottish heritage.Griffin, who was studying computer technology at Letterkenny Institute of Technology at the time, was found in possession of two phones, a memory card and a covert pen camera.After Gardaí caught him at the shopping centre, a search warrant was secured and officers raided his home at Cashel, Fanad as they continued their investigation.They seized a number of items including a Sony laptop and other hard-drives as well as a five-page child pornographic story entitled ‘Swimland Beaver Patrol.’All the items were sent for analysis to the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau in Dublin.Garda Detective Stephen McGonagle outlined to the court the contents of the 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 it showed a young woman using the bathroom, including scenes of her naked while showering.Other material found on hard-drives on the laptop seized showed Griffin engaging semi-naked chatting in a sexually explicit manner to boys as young as 14 years old.Garda Detective McGonagle was asked by Judge John Aylmer if he knew where these victims lived or what country they were from.Detective McGonagle said the young boys spoke broken English and he thought they were foreign nationals but that Interpol had not yet traced the victims.He added that he had been told by fellow detectives who specialised in such investigations that it would be “next to impossible” to identify the boys involved.Detectives interviewed Griffin on a number of occasions and he later pleaded guilty of 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 the investigation had ripped his family apart but that Griffin was still his brother.“None of us would attempt to condone this in any way,” he said, adding that he had broken the family trust.He added that if his brother went to prison his elderly mother, whom Griffin was now a carer for, would have to go into a care home.“If she has to go into a home I don’t think she’ll survive very long,” he added.The accused man was asked to take the stand and he apologised to his victims and to his family for all he had put them through.He said he could have easily clicked past to the next screen when young boys appeared on the chat room but he chose not to.The court was told that Griffin was a daily church-goer but that he had been fired from his previous job following publicity about his pending court case.A number of reports were handed into court by Griffin’s legal team for Judge John Aylmer to consider before sentencing.His barrister Ciaran O’Rourke said there was no question that the material seized was every distributed to other people or that Griffin had profited from the material.Judge Aylmer released the accused on his own bail to appear at the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court for sentence in July.Computer expert spied on children in shopping centre toilets was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtGardaiKieran GriffinletterkennyspyTOILETSlast_img read more

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first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 30.04.12The Seniors and Reserves both recorded good wins over Dungloe in the Park on Sunday. They will travel to take on Four Masters this week on Saturday evening, the games throw-in at 6pm and 7:30pm. The Juniors travel to MacCumhaills also on Saturday evening at 7:30pm.The Minors had a good win in Cloughaneely on Friday, winning by 1-13 to 1-05. They travel to Malin this Friday with a 7:30pm throw-in.The Senior Ladies had a good win over County champions Glenfin on Saturday in the league, winning by 2-07 to 2-06.Well done to the U-14 Boys team that won the Co. Féile for the 3rd year in a row in a close fought game with Aodh Rua, Ballyshannon with our boys winning by a single point. The girls were not so lucky, losing their Final to  a well drilled Naomh Conaill outfit. The U-12 Girls Football training has restarted every Wednesday at 5pm in the Park.The Minor Hurlers played away to Buncrana last Thursday and despite an excellent display of hurling were eventually outgunned. They play their final league game at home to Burt this Thursday. The U14 Hurlers also play away to Burt this week. U16 and U18 Hurling training is on every Monday at 5:30pm in O’Donnell Park. U12 Hurling training Tuesday at 5:30pm, U14 Hurlers train at 4:30. As usual all new hurlers welcome.Our Friday evening Hurling & Camogie Academy is back up and running as is the Sunday Morning Football Academy. Both  Academies cater from kids from U-6 up to U-10 with almost 140 children in attendance last Sunday morning. St. Eunan’s would like to thank Cllr. Tadhg Culbert for his very generous donation to our Minor Board.Well done to the 8 St Eunan’s girls who played on Saturday at the Ulster Feile blitz with the U-14 South Donegal team. The girls won 3 games beating Carndonagh, Burt and Na Maigha and drawing with Eoghan Rua (Coleraine). They now play Eoghan Rua again on Wednesday night in Derry to earn their place in the Ulster final on Saturday. Best of luck in their efforts.Our Lotto +1 campaign for April is drawing to a close shortly,have you signed up to support your club? Contact Peter Curran for more details on our Lotto Direct Debit on 086-3852973. Check out our Facebook page for more details and don’t forget to visit our new website: www.steunansgaa.com.We extend our sympathies to Adrian Flanagan and family on their bereavement. GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: April 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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