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Man appears in court charged with attempted voyeurism following alleged seaside resort ‘spy-glasses’ incident

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A 64-year-old man accused of attempted voyeurism and attempting to take an indecent photo of a child, following a claim of ‘spy glasses’ being used in a bid to film a young boy changing in a north coast seaside resort, has appeared in court.

Christopher Hodgen, of Salisbury Court in the Dublin Road area of Belfast, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to alleged offences relating to July 27 this year.

The particulars of the attempted voyeurism charge are that he ‘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’.

At the time of an alleged incident in a public area at The Crescent in Portstewart a member of the public was widely reported in the media as claiming a suspect was using glasses with a small camera attached.

At court on Monday the defendant stood in the dock with his hands behind his back as the charges were read.

When a court clerk asked him if he understood the charges he replied: “I do, yes”.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

No details surrounding the alleged circumstances connected to the charges were relayed to the court.

A defence barrister said the defendant had been the subject of police bail conditions which banned him from the ‘Triangle’ area on the north coast other than for court purposes.

The lawyer asked for the case to be adjourned to September.

District Judge Peter King converted police bail to court bail in the sum of £500.

The defendant is not to possess any device capable of recording or which can access the internet.

He is to have no contact with children and is not to enter schools or children’s play areas.

He is also banned from the Portrush and Porstewart areas.

The case was adjourned to next month.

At the time of an alleged incident a man spoke to the media and claimed ‘spy glasses’ were being used whilst a young boy aged either three or four was partially naked whilst getting changed.

He was quoted as saying he saw a man holding glasses by his side that had a “red flashing light”.

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