Bathroom Pervert David McConaghie Is Sentenced

Creationist voyeurism

Creationist voyeurism

This is the conclusion of a drama we’ve been tracking since we wrote Creationist Suspected of Bathroom Voyeurism three years ago.

Our previous update was last month — David McConaghie — Guilty!, and since then we’ve been waiting to learn what sentence the court would give the convicted creationist bathroom pervert.

Now, at last, we have the results. In the Belfast Telegraph, which has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Northern Ireland, we read Ex DUP adviser who hid camera in office toilets for sexual thrills jailed for four months. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

A disgraced former aide to a DUP MP [Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament] who secreted a camera in the constituency office toilets for sexual thrills was jailed for four months today.

Only four months? Okay, let’s find out what happened:

Jailing 50-year-old David McConaghie at Craigavon Magistrates Court, District Judge Mervyn Bates said he saw no alternative but to jail the former pastor who to this day, has yet to offer any explanation or justification for hiding a camera in the toilets of the DUP Portadown constituency office.

What explanation could McConaghie give? He’s a creationist, and they do strange things. Let’s read on:

Also imposing a sexual offences prevention order and ordering McConaghie to sign the police sex offenders register for seven years, Judge Bates told the deviant that suspending the jail term “has no attraction.”

Ah, he’ll be on the police list of sex offenders for seven years. That’s good. We continue:

Following an application from defence barrister Michael Tierney however, the judge released McConaghie, from Cottage Hill, Dollingstown, on bail pending an appeal of the sentence and his conviction for voyeurism on dates between August 22 and September 13, 2012.

Aaaargh!! He’s still running around on the loose! The rest of this long article is a recitation of the facts of the case. We’ve previously written about that, so we won’t repeat the gruesome details here. But the last two paragraphs appear to be new:

As part of the SOPO [Sexual Offences Prevention Order], Judge Bates barred McConaghie from owning or possessing any device capable of taking photographs or record of video footage, from taking up a job or residing anywhere without prior approval from his Designated Risk Manager.

Releasing the pervert on bail, the judge made it a condition that McConaghie cannot have any contact with anyone connected to the DUP [ [Democratic Unionist Party].

Those are good precautions. This is probably our last post about McConaghie, so we’ll wrap it up by reminding you, once more, 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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3 responses to “Bathroom Pervert David McConaghie Is Sentenced

  1. It would be small minded to cheer at this.

    ..But what the hell. HOORAY!!!

  2. Megalonyx says: “HOORAY!!!”

    How insensitive of you! We see this as a cruel case of Darwinist viewpoint discrimination. Just wait until your atrocities are publicly disclosed, and don’t be surprised if we fail to give you any sympathy.

  3. You should be aware that custodial sentences in the other English-speaking democracies are nowhere near as lengthy as they are in the US for similar crimes. A sentence of four months is quite severe for such an offence, and it is the other conditions of the sentence – no recording equipment, sex offender register, no contact with the DUP – that fit it to the crime.

    As an index, the usual sentence for a single murder in Australia is “life”, but life means fourteen years, usually, and parole is considered after seven. Longer sentences are only usually handed out for repeat or multiple murders, or for particularly bad ones. Martin Bryant and Ivan Milat, for example, will never be released. Bryant is of diminished responsibility; he is held in a special psychiatric wing.

    We have no capital punishment, of course. That was formally abolished in the middle seventies, after last being used in 1963, I believe.