July 2021

Police officer gets suspended sentence after spying on victim in shower

A Metropolitan Police officer who worked on the sexual offences unit has been given a suspended sentence after being convicted of spying on a female in the shower while he was off-duty in Swiss Cottage.

On July 14, detective sergeant Benjamin McNish, appeared at Southwark Crown Court and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

The 30-year-old will also be placed on the sex offender’s register for seven years and has been ordered to complete a sexual offenders’ programme, attend rehabilitation and pay £750 in costs.

McNish worked for the East Area Command Unit – which covers Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge – and his charge related to an incident in Adelaide Road on February 18, 2019.

He used his phone to film through a glass panel above a bathroom door while the victim was showering.

McNish claimed he was looking for his razor when he poked his mobile phone into the shower while the woman was naked

After the female saw the phone and confronted him, the police were called and McNish was arrested at the scene.

McNish was a serving police officer who was working in community safety, had been involved in child abuse investigations and the force’s sexual offences unit.