DUP aide jailed on voyeurism conviction

David McConaghie at a previous court appearance
David McConaghie at a previous court appearance

A Dollingstown man who hid a camera in the constituency office of a local MP has been jailed for four months.

David McConaghie (50) had been found guilty of voyeurism at a previous sitting of Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Jailing McConaghie, District Judge Mervyn Bates said he saw no alternative but to jail the former pastor who has yet to offer any explanation or justification for hiding a camera in a container of pot pourri in the toilets of the Portadown constituency office of DUP MP David Simpson.

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

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.