Closing submission in woman's privacy case against Trump International

Rohan Beyts, an environment activist, has told a court she felt "really upset" after learning that Donald Trump employees had secretly photographed her allegedly urinating on his golf course.

The former social worker and campaigner against Trump's club alleges Trump International Golf Course Scotland (TIGCS) used photos taken by two members of staff and a member of the public on their smart phones without her consent.

Beyts passed through the golf club on a walk with her friend to the beach last April when she urgently needed to use the restroom.

Her lawyer Mike Dailly told a small claims hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court that photographs of her urinating had been "captured unlawfully" because Trump International Golf Links was not registered under the Data Protection Act.

The Press & Journal photographer had taken pictures of her without her knowledge or permission. She in turn launched a claim for damages against Trump International.

She said: "I was shocked".

The Scotland prosecutor didn't pursue charges against Beyts, and she proceeded to seek damages from the golf course of up to a reported £3,000, or roughly $3,746.

"I needed to go as a matter of urgency".

Three days later, two cops arrested her at her home in Montrose, Angus, for public urination, but the authorities decided on no further action.

She has spent years campaigning against the resort and has told lawyers she is concerned at the impact the course is having on the local environment.

'I'm not in the habit of urinating when there is anybody in view. "I was also upset [because] I had had a conversation, possibly with the men who had filmed me afterwards and not a word was mentioned to me".

She said: "The case is about my feelings and it is about not being bullied".

Mr Dailly told the court: "The evidence led by the pursuer shows that she was clearly left distressed by the incident".

Mr Motion questioned her about another post that said: "This is my first every charge so it is a bit of a shock but it isn't a major issue, I'm well over it".

Course greenkeeper Edward Irvine, 23, also gave evidence and said he had taken a photo of a woman urinating on the course on April 11 past year as he believed it was a "criminal act".

This, however, prompted the defence from Mr Trump's golf course that the fight against crime would suffer "serious" adverse consequences if Sheriff Donald Corke ruled it had been wrong to photograph a woman urinating in such circumstances.

  • Zachary Reyes