Woman filmed urinating on Donald Trump golf course loses damages case

A woman who claimed damages after she was filmed urinating on Donald Trump's golf course in Aberdeenshire has lost her case.

Rohan Beyts alleged that staff at Trump International Golf Links Scotland had breached her privacy by "secretly filming" her at the golf course in Balmedie.

The 62-year-old environmental activist, who has long campaigned against the course, had sought £3,000 in damages.

She claimed she suffers from bladder problems and was caught short on a walk through the course, adding she hid out of sight behind dunes.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court found that Ms Beyts should not have been filmed, and "was and remains distressed by the fact that men watched her urinating".

However, Sheriff Donald Corke said there was "no causal connection" between her distress and the firm's failure to register under the Data Protection Act.

Following the incident last April, staff at the course used the footage as evidence for a police complaint against Ms Beyts.

The case was eventually dropped.

In a statement, Trump International Golf Links Scotland said "justice had prevailed".

It said: "The disingenuous claim by Rohan Beyts was a perversion of the truth and nothing more than a poor attempt at self-publicity in an effort to garner support for her anti-Trump, anti-business propaganda."

Ms Beyts said the ruling "lets all women, if they need to, go in the outdoors".

She added: "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 club house in full view of staff and guests.

"That was not the case."