The trial we wrote about and described yesterday — see David McConaghie Trial — What Will Happen? — has concluded.
We present some excerpts from Ex-DUP adviser guilty of voyeurism by hiding camera in constituency office toilets in the Belfast Telegraph, which has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Northern Ireland. They don’t seem to have a comments feature. The bold font was added by us:
A disgraced aide to a DUP MP [Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament] faces up to six months in jail after he was convicted of voyeurism today. Standing in the dock of Craigavon Magistrates Court with his hands clasped in front of him, 50-year-old David McConaghie showed little or no reaction as District Judge Mervyn Bates said he had no doubt he “secreted” the sophisticated spy camera in a pot pourri in the toilets of David Simpson’s constituency office for his own sexual gratification.
Frankly, dear reader, because of McConaghie’s political connections and his career as a preacher, your Curmudgeon wasn’t expecting that result. We are pleased to see that reality denial has its limits, and in extreme circumstances, creationists can be shamed into abandoning one of their own. Then we’re told:
The judge told McConaghie his crime was aggravated by numerous factors including that the act represented a breach of the trust places in him by others who worked in David Simpson’s Upper Bann constituency office, the length of time it was carried out and that it was a “deliberate attempt to observe someone that you knew well carrying out a private act.”
Judge Bates being satisfied “beyond reasonable doubt,” he convicted McConaghie, from Cottage Hill, Dollingstown, of the single charge of voyeurism on dates between August 22 and September 13, 2012 in that for the purposes of sexual gratification, he recorded another person doing a private act knowing that the other person did not consent.
What about sentencing? Let’s read on:
Releasing McConaghie on continuing bail, the judge adjourned passing sentence for five weeks and ordered probation pre-sentence reports. He told McConaghie, a onetime prominent Orangeman and church minister, that depending on what sentence he passes, he may have to sign the police sex offenders register “for at least five years.”
How did the convicted pervert react? No surprise there:
Moments later as McConaghie left the court, he continued with his silence, refusing to comment on his conviction or to even offer an apology to his victim.
The news article then gives a lurid account of the evidence against McConaghie, which we’ve discussed before and won’t repeat here, but if you’re not familiar with it and want to see how a creationist conducts such loathsome deeds, then you’ll want to read that material.
But what about the defense objection that the videos weren’t proven to be for McConaghie’s sexual gratification? Here’s what the Belfast Telegraph reports:
Defence barrister Michael Tierney had argued that the case should be dropped, submitting there was no evidence that McConaghie had placed the secret camera in the toilet for sexual gratification despite the police searching his home and trawling through his internet history. On Wednesday however, Judge Bates dismissed that application, telling the court there was “absolutely no evidence” of it being there for any other purpose.
The application having been dismissed, it was at that stage that McConaghie could have taken the witness box to provide some other explanation but having consulted with the pervert, Mr Tierney said he was “exercising his right” not to and confirmed that he had been advised regarding potential adverse inferences to be drawn from his silence.
Observe, dear reader, now that he has been convicted, the newspaper refers to McConaghie as a “pervert.” And so do we.
So there you are. The sentencing will be five weeks from now — near the end of September or the beginning of October. We’ll be watching.
And once more, we remind you of the advice we’ve been giving whenever such cases come to our attention: Avoid using the bathrooms at any creationist organization — that includes creationist politicians, creationist “think tanks,” creation museums and theme parks, and the church buildings of creationist denominations.
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