Police officer guilty of spying on woman in shower
A police officer has been convicted of spying on a woman having a shower.
Detective Sergeant Benjamin McNish, 30, used his iPhone to take pictures of the woman who was naked in the shower at a flat in Swiss Cottage on the morning of 18 February 2019.
The victim had noticed a phone with the camera pointing into the bathroom from the top of the door before it vanished. When she looked again, the phone was back, and she became concerned that someone was taking pictures or recording her wash herself. She managed to grab a towel and rush out of the bathroom to confront the person.
McNish, who had worked in investigating child abuse and community support, admitted taking pictures when the victim confronted him. He said: “Yeah, I was but I’ve deleted them.”
Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, which concluded today (Thursday, 10 June), McNish was found guilty of one count of voyeurism.
Andrew Levin, from the CPS, said: “Benjamin McNish was a serving policeman who observed a woman showering without her consent for his own sexual gratification. This was a private act that McNish had no right to observe. He violated the victim’s privacy by spying on her in a bathroom. His actions were clearly illegal and wholly unacceptable.
“During the trial McNish claimed that he had just been using his phone to look for his razor by the sink, but the prosecution was able to prove to the jury that this was an absurd lie.
“The CPS will always aim to prosecute those who commit criminal acts, regardless of who they are, where there is the evidence to do so.”
McNish will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court at a later date.
Notes to editors
- Benjamin McNish (DOB: 1/10/1990) is from Benfleet in Essex.
- Andrew Levin is a Senior Specialist Prosecutor within the Complex Casework unit in CPS London South.