A grandmother who claimed damages after she was photographed urinating on Donald Trump’s golf course in Scotland has lost her case.
Carol Rohan Beyts, known as Rohan, 62, wanted £3,000 in damages from Trump International, claiming staff at the Menie estate course in Aberdeenshire breached data protection laws by “secretly filming” her.
A greenkeeper said he photographed Ms Beyts for evidence, believing urinating in public was a “criminal act”.
The 62-year-old long-term campaigner against the course previously told a small claims hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court she suffers from bladder problems and was caught short on a walk through the course on April 11 last year.
Her lawyer Mike Dailly said photographs of her urinating had been "captured unlawfully" by course staff as it was not registered under the Data Protection Act.
A sheriff sitting in Edinburgh said she should "not have been photographed" but ruled that distress was not caused by the company's failure to register under the act.
Paul Motion, representing Trump International, said Ms Beyt's wide publication of the events through the media and Facebook, including the Trip up Trump page, called into question whether they had caused her distress and suggested the "true basis of the claim has been to publicise opposition to the course".
Giving evidence, Ms Beyts said she was walking on the course when she had hidden in sand dunes out of sight as she urgently needed the toilet.
Four days later, police visited her home in Montrose, Angus, and charged her for public urination.
An officer later told her three men had filmed her on their mobiles, which she said caused her "upset".
She said she had opposed the course from the planning stages due to environmental concerns but always protested legally.
Additional reporting by Press Association.