By Connie Osborne Friday 30 August 2013 Updated: 30/08 10:24
A RECORD breaking swimmer who was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders register for allegedly using his goggles to watch a woman undress was wrongly convicted, a court has ruled.
James Mackay, of Donnington Close in Church Hill, was originally found guilty of three counts of observing a person doing a private act for sexual gratification at Redditch Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 16.
It was alleged Mr Mackay, who has always denied the charges, used a pair of mirrored swimming goggles to watch the victim undress in the cubicle next to him at the Abbey Stadium between August 1 and September 7 last year.
The 28-year-old was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years, banned for 12 months from the Abbey Stadium, had to complete a 12 month community supervision order as well as having to pay the victim £250 compensation and court costs of £620.
But last Friday (August 23), an appeal hearing at Worcester Crown Court quashed his conviction when a judge ruled he was not guilty of the crime.
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