More than a year after a camera was discovered in the constituency office of a DUP MP, police have said they are still investigating who was responsible and whether an offence was committed.
Last September, David McConaghie left the employment of Upper Bann MP David Simpson after the discovery of the camera in the toilet of the MP’s Thomas Street office in Portadown.
Mr Simpson himself reported the issue to the police.
Mr McConaghie — who was Mr Simpson’s key aide, working as his press officer, speech writer and constituency worker – was arrested but, more than a year later, police have yet to decide whether to charge him or say that there is no evidence of criminality.
In August, the News Letter asked the police about the investigation and whether there had been any charges. Then, the PSNI said in a brief statement: “A 48-year-old man remains on police bail pending further inquiries.”
Yesterday, a PSNI spokesman said that the investigation had not changed since that point.
Through Mr McConaghie’s solicitor, the News Letter asked whether the former political adviser had a view on the length of time which the PSNI has taken to investigate the case and decide whether to bring charges or say that there is no evidence of wrongdoing. The solicitor replied that “it would not be appropriate for us to make any comment on this matter”.
Mr McConaghie was a licensed Free Presbyterian minister and had been press officer for the evangelical Christian lobby group the Caleb Foundation, a post he resigned from after it emerged that he had been arrested.