Northern Ireland

Man accused of flashing in Belfast clothes shop

A man accused of exposing himself to a 15-year-old girl in a Belfast clothes shop has been refused bail.

Jason Leonard Shaw, 40, of Eglantine Avenue in Belfast, was charged with indecent exposure and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child to obtain gratification.

The alleged incident happened in H&M's changing rooms on Wednesday, a day before he was put on probation for a similar offence, Belfast Magistrates Court was told.

A police officer said the teenager had told detectives a man had opened his cubicle curtain and was "naked from the waist down".

Mr Shaw was arrested on Friday at the same shop after a security guard recognised him from CCTV footage of the incident, the officer said.

He said the accused had denied the offences during police interviews.

Refusing bail, District Judge George Conner said the "relevant and recent record" meant the risk of reoffending was too great.

"Whilst there was thankfully no touching involved in this case, these types of offences are insulting at the very least and it would be foolish of me to assume that all females can laugh this off," he said.

The accused was remanded in custody until 25 November.