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Police charge former aide to DUP MP with voyeurism

David McConaghie

David McConaghie

 

A former aide to a DUP MP has been charged with voyeurism.

David McConaghie, who was a key assistant to Upper Bann MP David Simpson, was arrested by police in 2012 and released on police bail.

Detectives have been investigating him since then.

Mr Simpson reported to the police the discovery of a camera in the toilet of the MP’s Thomas Street office in Portadown.

Mr McConaghie left Mr Simpson’s employment in 2012.

Now, almost two years later, the PSNI has charged Mr McConaghie, who was also an ordained minister and a member of the Independent Orange Order.

In a brief statement, the PSNI said: “Detectives in Craigavon have charged a 49-year-old-man with voyeurism to appear before Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 24 September.

“The charges relate to offences in the Thomas Street area of Portadown between 1 January, 2012 and 12 September, 2012. As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.”

When contacted by the News Letter, Mr McConaghie’s solicitor, Neil Logan, said: “We will not be making any comment at this stage”.

Mr McConaghie was a highly regarded member of the DUP in Upper Bann and played a role in Mr Simpson’s highly symbolic unseating of the then First Minister, David Trimble, as the constituency’s MP. It is understood that he is no longer a member of the DUP.

 
 
 

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