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Disgraced doctor Mark McClure

Disgraced doctor Mark McClure

Owen McEvoy 56, made over 100 nuisance 999 calls because he was going through a bad patch in his relationship with his partner Terrence Hill.
Craigavon court

Owen McEvoy 56, made over 100 nuisance 999 calls because he was going through a bad patch in his relationship with his partner Terrence Hill. Craigavon court

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Disgraced doctor Mark McClure

A disgraced doctor is facing the prospect of jail after he secretly recorded strangers, work colleagues and even family friends using the toilet.

While Mark McClure (52) was freed on bail pending sentencing later this month, Craigavon Crown Court heard he faces a maximum two-year jail sentence for multiple offences of voyeurism when he recorded women at both the hospital where he worked and in his own home.

The offences McClure committed five years ago have ruined his career, destroyed his marriage and the relationship with his three children.

Last month McClure, with an address on the Grange Road in Bangor, entered guilty pleas to 11 counts of voyeurism committed on various dates between July and December 2014.

It’s the second time that McClure has been up for voyeurism as three years ago in February 2017, he was handed a nine-month probation order for trying to record women using the toilets in Hillsborough Private Clinic.

It was that investigation, prosecuting QC Neil Connor told the court on Thursday, that led to the fresh charges being laid against the disgraced doc.

He outlined how the charges related to three specific places where McClure recorded women using the toilet – a bathroom in his marital home, a disabled toilet at the medical education centre at Craigavon Area Hospital and a toilet in the radiography department of CAH.

In the offences he committed in February 2015, McClure stashed his iPhone in the air vent of the unisex toilet at Hillsborough Private Clinic and after his offences were uncovered by suspicious staff, police seized his phone, a computer and a memory stick.

When those pieces of hardware were eventually examined more than two years after they were first seized, cops uncovered covertly recorded video clips

Taking each location in turn, Mr Connor described how two family friends were recorded using the toilet in McClure’s home which at that time was a sprawling five-bedroom house with grounds and stables on the Edentrillick Road in Hillsborough.

“The position of the phone was such that both victims’ private parts were clearly visible on the recordings,” said the barrister, adding that the ladies had “identified themselves” from stills extracted from the footage.

Moving to the offences at the hospital which had been McClure’s “primary employment as a consultant radiologist” and a place where he had worked for 15 years, Mr Connor explained how McClure “secreted his phone in the disabled toilet of the medical education centre and recorded a number of females using the facilities”.

Three unidentified women were recorded, one of them, who appeared to be a staff member, twice.

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As regards the footage taken at the radiography department, that footage differed slightly in that rather than hiding the phone and hoping it wasn’t found, McClure took a real risk of being caught by “holding his phone against what appears to be a gap in the door”.

In this part of the offending pattern, the court heard that McClure recorded three women, two who remain unknown and one who has been identified as a former colleague.

Arrested and interviewed about these latest charges, father-of-three McClure claimed that in the lead-up to the offences, he had been suffering from psychological and financial stress, “even though he was in receipt of a not insubstantial income,” said prosecuting counsel.

While he further claimed he had “no interest” in anything like voyeurism, a police expert had examined his computer and “found two visits to websites of that type”.

Mr Connor argued there was “some degree of planning and premeditation” over a number of occasions as he sought to “find a suitable location to secret his phone hoping that it won’t be discoverable”.

The lawyer said the women who had been identified and had made victim impact statements spoke of how they “felt violated and deeply distressed” with one of them even undergoing “psychotherapy at significant cost to herself”.

At the beginning of his plea in mitigation, defence QC Frank O’Donoghue said he wanted to start “with an apology on behalf of my client” who has expressed “genuine remorse and insight” in his offences and the effects of it.

He highlighted that since McClure had been dealt with for the other offences, he had completed his probation order, had been undergoing intensive cognitive behavioural therapy and has been assessment as posing a low risk of further offences.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC said that to “do justice” to the helpful submission from both counsel, he wanted to “reflect” on all the information which had been put before him.

Freeing McClure on continuing bail, he said he would pass sentence on December 15.

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