Court contest regarding attempted voyeurism charge will involve an ‘interpretation of what the defendant was doing’

Christopher Hodgen (64) leaving Coleraine Magistrates Court on an earlier date. Picture: North East News.

A DEFENCE barrister for a 64-year-old man who denies charges of attempted voyeurism and attempting to take an indecent photo of a child says a court contest will involve an “interpretation of what the defendant was doing”.

Defence lawyer Francis Rafferty was speaking Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday regarding Christopher Hodgen of Salisbury Court in Belfast.

Mr Rafferty made reference to there being one civilian witness in the case.

The charges relate to July 27 this year.

The particulars of the attempted voyeurism charge are that the defendant ‘attempted, for the purposes of sexual gratification, to record another person doing a private act knowing that the other person would not consent to being recorded’.

The second charge is that the defendant ‘attempted to take an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child’.

The charges follow a claim – widely reported in the media at the time – regarding the presence of ‘spy glasses’ as a young boy was changing in a public area at a north coast seaside resort.

The defendant, who is on continuing bail with a number of conditions, was not present at court on Monday.

The case has been adjourned to October 14 to fix a date for the contest.

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