Toilet voyeur David McConaghie given four-month jail term

David McConaghie
David McConaghie

A disgraced former aide to a DUP MP who secreted a camera in the constituency office toilets for sexual thrills was jailed for four months today.

Jailing 50-year-old David McConaghie at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Mervyn Bates said he saw no alternative but to jail the one-time prominent Independent Orangeman and church minister who, to this day, has yet to offer any explanation or justification for hiding a camera in a pot of pot pourri in the toilets of the DUP Portadown constituency office of David Simpson.

Also imposing a sexual offences prevention order and ordering him to sign the police sex offenders register for seven years, Judge Bates told McConaghie 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.