We have some news about David McConaghie, the creationist preacher and Northern Ireland political operative who was arrested in connection with the discovery of a hidden camera found in the loo of Democratic Unionist Party member David Simpson’s constituency office. The trial has been delayed twice before.
Our last post about this sordid situation was a couple of months ago: Reminder of the David McConaghie Trial. At that time, the trial was continued to 11 March — that’s today!
We don’t know whether McConaghie will be found guilty of the perverted conduct of which he’s been accused, but we’ve been eagerly following this case because we think it provides a unique insight into the minds of creationists, illustrating the connection between moral depravity and the intellectual aberration of creationism.
In the Irish Times of Dublin, Ireland’s capital and largest city, we read Ex-church minister and adviser to DUP MP denies voyeurism . We don’t see a comments section in the newspaper. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A former church minister and DUP MP adviser on Wednesday denied a charge of voyeurism. Appearing at Craigavon Magistrates Court, 50-year-old David McConaghie pleaded not guilty to committing voyeurism on dates between August 22nd and September 13th, 2012, in that he allegedly “for the purpose of sexual gratification, recorded another person doing a private act knowing that the other person did not consent to being recorded”.
We had been guessing that he might plead guilty to some lesser charge, in order to minimize the potential penalty, but it looks like we were wrong. Then we’re told:
Last month, a prosecuting lawyer told the court the PPS intended to prosecute Mr McConaghie in the Crown Court but departed from that stance on Wednesday, informing District Judge Mervyn Bates the offence would now be dealt with on a summons basis.
We’re not sure what that means, but this website, In Brief, informs us:
The main use of a summons by the Magistrates is to find someone who has previously been granted bail for an offence and has consequently failed to appear in court. This is most commonly used in situations involving breach of bail conditions.
We don’t know if that’s applicable here, but you may recall this from one of our earlier posts:
As part of his bail conditions McConaghie is barred from contacting any staff member at the DUP advice office in Portadown and from owning or possessing any mobile phone or other device “capable of making video recordings”.
Did McConaghie violate the conditions of his bail? Let’s read on in the Irish Times:
Judge Bates listed the case in two weeks’ time, releasing Mr McConaghie on bail in the meantime.
He’s pleading not guilty, he’s still out on bail, and the trial won’t be held for another two weeks. The story doesn’t have any other news, so we don’t know what’s going on.
All we can do is repeat our usual advice: Avoid using the bathrooms in any creationist location — that includes creationist politicians, creationist “think tanks,” creation museums and theme parks, and the church buildings of creationist denominations.
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