A friend of golf superstar Rory McIlroy has been charged with voyeurism after a camera was found at a house he rents out in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Sun reports that father of two Kevin Stevens, one of Irish golf’s top officials, was arrested after the hidden camera was found in a young couple’s rented home.

Secretary of the Golfing Union of Ireland’s Ulster Branch, Stevens was quizzed over voyeurism in a County Down police station last Wednesday.

The 51-year-old was released on bail after denying ever seeing any footage from the device which was in a rented property.

The paper reports that Stevens has recently played a key role in organizing this month’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

His two-bed property on an estate outside Maghaberry, Co Antrim, was put up for sale last week after tenants Roy and Leah Townsley and their one-year-old son moved out.

They called in police after allegedly discovering the tiny device inside an electric clock which was provided as part of the rental deal.

Police sources have told the paper that the device was live and able to upload footage to the internet.

A police spokesman said: “A 51-year-old man arrested in Lisburn on Wednesday evening on suspicion of voyeurism was later released on bail pending further enquiries.”