A woman who claimed damages after a worker photographed her urinating at US President Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course has expressed relief, despite losing her case.
Carol Rohan Beyts, known as Rohan, 62, wanted £3,000 in damages from Trump International Golf Links Scotland, claiming staff breached data protection laws by “secretly filming” her when she was caught short at the Menie estate course.
A staff member said he photographed her for evidence of a “criminal act” and the firm contested her claims.
A sheriff ruled she should “not have been photographed” but that she was not entitled to compensation as her distress had not been caused by the company’s failure to register under the Data Protection Act.
Sheriff Donald Corke said the criminal case brought against her – which was later dropped – was “frivolous” and warned: “Officious bystanders taking pictures of females urinating in the countryside put themselves at real risk of prosecution under public order or voyeurism.”
In his ruling, Sheriff Corke found Ms Beyts had hidden to go to the toilet and did not think she would be seen but was “under surveillance” by three men, one of whom took a picture of her instead of “giving her privacy”.
Following the ruling, Ms Beyts said she was “very relieved”, adding: “To me it was never about the monetary compensation, I wasn’t interested in that.
“I was only interested in clearing my name when the Trump Organisation representative spoke of me committing a deliberate and shameful act within a few hundred feet of the clubhouse in full view of staff and guests. That was not the case.”
Asked if she had a message for Mr Trump, she added: “My message for Donald Trump is treat people with respect and dignity and you will get treated with respect and dignity.”
The course said in a statement: “We are satisfied that justice has prevailed. It’s a disgrace that valuable time and money has been wasted defending a genuine North-east business and its honest, hard-working personnel from this nonsense.”