Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Leisure centre worker in court for voyeurism

Martin Carlin (57) outside Londonderry Crown Court

A leisure centre worker in Londonderry denied a charge of voyeurism when he appeared before the city's Crown Court.

Martin Carlin (57) from Ballyarnett Village was indicted yesterday, accused of having, for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification, observed another doing a private act, knowing that the other person did not consent to being observed for the purposes of sexual gratification.

The offence of voyeurism, contrary to Section 67(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, is alleged to have been committed in Derry on August 24, 2007.

When the charge was put to Carlin at yesterday's hearing he replied: " Not guilty".

Defence solicitor Mark Reel confirmed at the hearing that both Carlin and the complainant in the case work in a sports complex.

The court heard that there were matters to be dealt with regarding third parties, including Derry City Council.

Carlin's trial, which is expected to last two to three days, will start on June 23 at Derry's Crown Court.

Judge Desmond Marrinan told the defendant:

"Your case is to be heard on June 23 in this court.

"In the meantime, legal advisors have one or two matters to attend to.

"They don't concern you; it is simply trying to get documentation from the council etc.

"If you wish to attend it will be on April 14.

"There is no need for you to attend."

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