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Court hears final arguments in case of top military brass accused of bathroom filming

The Crown and lawyers acting for New Zealand's former top military official in the US have summed up their cases.

Alfred Keating is accused of placing a hidden camera in a bathroom with the intent of filming people without their knowledge at the New Zealand Embassy in Washington DC. He denies the charge.

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Both the Crown and defence delivered their closing arguments today in the trial of Alfred Keating. Source: 1 NEWS

The Crown, in its closing address to the court, said several sources of evidence had been collected linking Keating to the crime.

These included evidence obtained from his computer, CCTV footage of his movements, video obtained from the camera itself, and Keating's DNA found on the SD card inside the camera.

The Crown says all of that evidence had a cumulative effect, linking him to the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Keating's lawyer Ron Mansfield described the case against his client as "inept and incomplete".

Commodore Alfred Keating. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Mansfield said, on the face of it, the security and protocols at NZ Embassy in Washington appeared to be akin to 'Star Trek', but he in reality it is more like 'Dad's Army' or 'Gliding On' - two military comedy shows.

He reminded the jury of the multiple handling of the camera when it was discovered and how it was later put in a plastic bag with other evidence. He believes it was all inept.

The risk of contamination is too high and for that reason Mr Mansfield says "the DNA (evidence) takes you nowhere".
 

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Henry Steele said the evidence in the case is cumulatively enough to convict Alfred Keating. Source: 1 NEWS