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Ex-DUP adviser David McConaghie's appeal dismissed

David McConaghie at an earlier hearing in Craigavon Court. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Pacemaker
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A DUP MP's former aide who secreted a camera in a constituency office toilet for sexual thrills has had his appeal dismissed.

David McConaghie, a former aide to MP David Simpson, hid the camera at the office in Portadown, Co Armagh.

McConaghie (50), a former church pastor, had his appeal dismissed on Wedneday.

But his sentence was reduced from four months to three.

He has been put on the sex offenders' register for seven years.

McConaghie, from Cottage Hill, Dollingstown, Co Down, did not give evidence at Craigavon Crown Court.

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

The judge reduced McConaghie's sentence on the grounds of a previously clear record.

But he said that McConaghie had not shown any remorse for his actions.

"You seemed to have tried to imply there was a vendetta against you by persons unknown," he said.

"You are incapable and unwilling to face up to your responsibilities."

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