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Serving officer convicted of voyeurism offence

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 15:55 BST

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A serving MPS officer has been convicted at Southwark Crown Court of a voyeurism offence which occurred while he was off-duty.

Detective Sergeant Benjamin McNish, of the East Area Command Unit, was convicted on Thursday, 10 June of observing a person doing a Private Act Contrary to Section 67(1) and (5) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

He was released on bail to appear for sentencing on Thursday, 15 July at Southwark Crown Court.

McNish committed the offence on 18 February 2019 at Adelaide Road, London NW3.

He was staying in police accommodation while on a course along with two other MPS police officers who were also attending courses.

While the female resident was using the shower, Benjamin McNish held his phone up at the glass panel above the bathroom door. The female saw the phone, got out of the shower and confronted him.

The third resident in the accommodation was told of the incident, and he called police. He was arrested at the scene.

The victim was not previously known to him. She met him and the third resident/officer the evening before the incident when she arrived at the accommodation.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) investigated, leading to the charge.

Stephen Clayman, East Area BCU Commander said: “This sort of behaviour is completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated and it is right that DS McNish has been held to account for his actions as a result of this investigation.

“Although the offence was committed whilst off-duty, DS McNish will still face MPS misconduct proceedings once all criminal proceedings have concluded.”