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Sex pics lawyer declared bankrupt

By Johnny Caldwell
BBC News

Ritchie MacRitchie
Richie MacRitchie has been declared bankrupt

A Belfast-based solicitor convicted of filming a woman in a changing room cubicle has been declared bankrupt.

Richie MacRitchie, 33, originally from County Louth, filmed the woman changing at the Falls Leisure Centre on his mobile phone in October 2006.

In February, he was sentenced to four months' imprisonment suspended for two years.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years and later banned from practising law.

MacRitchie, who was convicted in January after originally being cleared of voyeurism, admitted filming the woman in a changing booth.

At first, a direction of no case to answer was given because his victim was wearing a bikini.

Because of this it was decided she was not engaged in a private act according to the Sexual Offences Act.

Later, however, the Court of Appeal ordered the prosecution to proceed on a fresh charge of attempted voyeurism.

Stress

Following the conviction, the Law Society of Northern Ireland referred MacRitchie's case to the independent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal which banned him from practising.

A psychiatrist who examined him following his arrest said he was suffering from chronic stress and that he wanted to get caught.

It also emerged during the trial that MacRitchie, who worked as a non-profit making lawyer based at Conway Mill, Belfast, had been up to £100,000 in debt.



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