A former laundry worker at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire has been spared a jail sentence after he admitted installing a video camera in a staff changing room.
Jon Whelan of Farrenboley Park, Windy Arbour in Dublin filmed female colleagues as they changed for work, and stored hundreds of images on his computer.
The hidden camera at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire was discovered when Jon Whelan moved it from the ladies changing room to the staff showers.
The 43 year-old was caught by his own device, which recorded him installing it.
The court was told Whelan, who worked in the hospital's laundry, had developed an obsession with a female co-worker and began secretly filming in July of last year.
The defendant filmed nine female employees in total, between the ages of 28 and 56.
He was fired when the allegations first surfaced,
Whelan cried as the judge imposed a four-year suspended sentence. The judge said that, although he had invaded his colleagues' privacy, he was an important carer for his father who suffers from dementia.