A 51-year-old paramedic who admitted harassing a female colleague by recording material in a work colleague's toilet has been given the Probation Act in Nenagh District Court.
Robert Murphy of Lissanalta Grove, Dooradoyle, Limerick, had recorded the activities of his work colleague on his mobile phone.
The phone had been placed in a box of gloves with holes in it on the windowsill of the Ambulance Centre in Tyone in Co Tipperary on 5 May last year.
He was confronted by a female colleague and a complaint was made to gardaí.
Nenagh District Court heard he had paid €5,000 compensation to his victim, had complied with the Probation Services and had no previous convictions.
His solicitor Dan O'Gorman told the court that as a paramedic he had put his life in danger saving the lives of others.
He was now facing very serious disciplinary action by his employers, the HSE.
Judge Elizabeth MacGrath said this offence involved a breach of trust with his co-workers and that was a real difficulty.
However, she noted his previous history, the fact he had paid compensation, he had no previous convictions and the serious work he did as a paramedic.
She felt Murphy had gone as far as he could to make amends and that the Probation Act was appropriate.