A woman aged 62 who urinated on a golf course owned by Donald Trump has told a court she found it “disturbing” to discover staff had filmed her in the act.
Carol Rohan Beyts (pictured) is suing the President’s company, Trump International Golf Links, after she was recorded squatting near the second fairway of the Menie estate course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Ms Beyts was walking with a friend near the course in April 2016 when she needed to urinate.
Believing no one else was around, she followed Mountaineering Council of Scotland protocol by finding a place in the dunes at least 30 metres from fresh water in which relieve herself.
Three days later, she was charged by police at her home under Section 47 of the Civic Government Scotland Act. When she spoke to PC Charley Keith, the investigating officer, Ms Beyts was told she had been filmed by three male staff on their camera phones who had reported her to police.
The case against her was dropped but Ms Beyts turned the tables on the golf course staff by taking a case against them, saying they were in breach of the Data Protection Act. She hopes to win £3,000 (about $3,750) in a small claims case.
“I’m not in the habit of urinating if there’s anybody’s in view, I would be horrified,” Ms Beyts told Edinburgh sheriff court.
“I found that really disturbing,” Ms Beyts, said. “I felt really quite upset because I had taken all possible steps to ensure I wasn’t viewed.”
Final submissions in the case, before Sheriff Donald Corke, will be made today.