Northern Ireland

Ex-DUP adviser David McConaghie found guilty of filming colleague for sexual gratification

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Image caption David McConaghie denied making recordings for sexual gratification

A former church minister and DUP adviser accused of secretly filming a colleague for sexual gratification has been found guilty of the offence.

David McConaghie was accused of recording a woman in the toilets at MP David Simpson's constituency office.

A court viewed footage showing what appeared to be McConaghie placing the device in a bowl of potpourri.

McConaghie, from Cottage Hill, Dollingstown, denied making recordings for his sexual gratification.

The court heard he had made them over a period of several weeks in August and September 2012.

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Media captionVideo showing David McConaghie placing the camera in the toilet at MP David Simpson's constituency office

When the camera was discovered, Mr Simpson immediately reported it to police, and McConaghie resigned his position.

McConaghie will be sentenced in five weeks' time.

In a statement, Mr Simpson said he welcomed the decision by the judge.

"This has been an extremely difficult time for my staff, but particularly for the victims," he added.

Mr Simpson paid tribute to the bravery of his staff in giving evidence and withstanding "a harsh, invasive cross-examination".

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