Trump’s representatives launched an attack on Carol Rohan Beyts after was photographed urinating
Carol Rohan Beyts – a long-time opponent of the property developer’s coastal development – sued Trump’s resort for £3,000 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
The 62-year-old had been reported to prosecutors after Trump’s staff and a golfer filmed her relieving herself on his course at Menie last April.
A criminal case against Ms Beyts was dropped after officials ruled it was not in the public interest, but she decided to sue Trump International, claiming staff had breached data protection laws by recording her.
Following a two-day hearing, Sheriff Donald Corke ruled she was not entitled to any compensation.
However, he criticised Trump International staff and warned: “Officious bystanders taking pictures of females urinating in the countryside put themselves at real risk of prosecution under public order or voyeurism”.
A statement issued by Trump International following the ruling criticised Ms Beyts as “shameless” and continued: “We are satisfied that justice has prevailed.
“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.
Trump International branded Ms Beyts as a shameless activist
“Rohan Beyts is a shameless activist with a history of antagonistic behaviour. She came on to our property with a hostile opponent of the project looking for trouble.
“We are a fully operational golf and leisure resort, with public restrooms. Had her intentions been honourable she would have used the facilities available to her.
“Members of our greenkeeping staff were flabbergasted at what they witnessed and reported the incident to the police.
“It should have come as no surprise to her that she was charged for publicly urinating on golf course land.”
The hearing had been told that Ms Beyts was being treated for urinary incontinence and “needed urgently to go to the toilet”.
Ms Beyts was recorded relieving herself as she urinated on Trump's Aberdeenshire golf course
She had earlier told the court: “I couldn’t see anybody, I was convinced of that. I’m not in the habit of urinating when there is anybody in view. I just squatted down in the dunes.”
Three days later, two police officers visited her home in Montrose, Angus, and arrested her for public urination after revealing that three men – two staff and a visitor – had filmed her on mobiles.
Ms Beyts said: “I felt really quite upset because I had taken all possible steps to ensure I wasn’t viewed.”
Carol sued Trump’s resort for £3,000 at Edinburgh Sheriff Court but didn't win her compensation
Following yesterday’s ruling, Ms Beyts said she was “very relieved”, adding: “To me it was never about the monetary compensation, I wasn’t interested in that.
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 clubhouse in full view of staff and guests. That was not the case.”
Asked if she had a message for Mr Trump, she added: “My message for Donald Trump is, treat people with respect and dignity, and you will get treated with respect and dignity.”