Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Man gets voyeurism conviction quashed

Witness of truth: Andrew Watson

A senior civil servant has had his conviction for voyeurism overturned on appeal.

Andrew Watson (45) was |sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for three years, for spying on a teenage girl at Bangor |Lesiure Centre.

Watson, a senior manager with the Housing Executive, was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

The teenager told the court that she had been changing in the centre’s unisex changing area when she spotted Watson peering at her under the partition.

Watson, of Rathmore Avenue, Bangor, said that he had lain down on the floor of his cubicle because he felt dizzy.

But Newtownards Crown Court has thrown out his conviction.

Consultant cardiologist Professor Jennifer Adje told the court she was not surprised Watson had felt dizzy given his history of fainting and high blood pressure.

Granting his appeal, Judge Gibson QC described Watson as “a witness of truth”, but said no criticism should be attached to the complainant’s evidence.