Lorry driver who filmed women in public toilets jailed
A LORRY driver who set up secret cameras across Europe in toilets to record women, including two at coffee shops in Swansea, has been jailed for eight months.
Police found 41-year-old Martin Kearney had stored more than 200 films and 800 images which he had recorded.
Kearney admitted he had planted cameras in public toilets over a number of months.
His secret was uncovered by a manager of the Costa Coffee branch at Whitewalls in Swansea on May 26, who saw the camera attached to a hand dryer in the store's single unisex toilet. The camera had been secured by velcro and there was a USB storage device also attached, Swansea magistrates heard.
Kearney, of Penybryn, Ystradgynlais, admitted to police that between September 2012 and May 2013 he had installed cameras at Costa in Parc Fforestfach and in service stations across England.
When interviewed by police he also admitted installing cameras in toilets in Holland, France and Spain while he was away working as a long-distance lorry driver.
Kearney admitted sharing one clip on an internet forum.
He told police he would put them in unisex facilities so his entry into the toilets did not arouse suspicion. He said he would stay in the premises for up to 40 minutes before returning into the toilet to collect the equipment.
Kearney said while he was in Costa he saw the store manager discover the camera and he left the store. He said he then panicked when he saw the police forensics van arrive and decided to dispose of all his goods. He took a bag containing two laptops, pornography, women's underwear and recording devices to a forest in Glynneath.
A woman living nearby saw Kearney park in a lay-by and take the bag into the forest but return without it.
She went into the forest and brought the bag back.
The woman then switched on the laptop she said it was “full” of porn and called police. Inside was a letter addressed to Kearney which led police to him.
Kearney admitted he had become a voyeur after visiting sites on the internet. He said he had bought the cameras from Ebay.
When he was arrested, Kearney accepted children were among those he recorded.
He told police: "I am worried about the kids".
Kearney handed himself in while in Tewkesbury and told officers he was wanted by Swansea police.
Kearney admitted a charge of voyeurism and five of observing a person doing a private act.
Prosecutor Anwen Evans said the females were unaware they were being filmed.
Giles Hayes, for Kearney, said his client had provided information to the police they would not otherwise have known. "He was deeply embarrassed and ashamed of his conduct," said Mr Hayes.
Chairman of the bench, Anthony Davies, told the court there were a number of aggravating factors in his offending.
"They were premeditated and relatively sophisticated. They were targeted against men, women, children and the disabled, all for the defendant's sexual gratification. The recordings were retained and over 1,000 images and videos were stored, one video was shared on the internet," he said.
He imposed four month terms for the offence of installing the camera at Costa on Whitewalls and for observing a person doing a private act at the Fforestfach branch. Those terms will run consecutively.
Concurrent terms of four months each will run on the other four offences of observing a person doing a private act.
In total, Kearney will serve eight months. He was also told to sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years.