October 2016

McDonald’s voyeur is a ‘devious predator’


McDonald’s voyeur Michael Gaffney has been branded a ‘devious predator’ – after filming hundreds of female customers going to the toilet at the city branch where he worked.

Staffordshire Police described the 56-year-old’s actions as ‘chilling’ after the former McDonald’s worker was this week jailed for 16 months.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the married dad-of-two, of Collard Avenue, Cross Heath, hid cameras in the female toilets of the Hanley branch.

He then recorded hundreds of videos of women and children as young as seven who had gone to the toilet at the Parliament Row restaurant.

Now Staffordshire Police – which arrested Gaffney in 2014 – have condemned the defendant’s actions.

Detective Constable Kramer Caldwell said: “Gaffney was a devious predator. He violated the privacy of customers who had a right to expect it to be respected.

“He was not deterred by his arrest and continued to download indecent images of children from the internet, even while he was being investigated. The way he went about things is chilling and he deserves to be punished.

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and, even if it takes a long time to gather the evidence, we will bring offenders like him to justice.”

Gaffney had pleaded guilty to 12 charges of voyeurism and five offences of possessing indecent images of children when he was sentenced this week.