Northern Ireland

Robert John Liddle given suspended sentence for lewd act

A convicted child abuser from County Fermanagh caught looking up the skirts of schoolgirls in a Belfast supermarket has been given a suspended sentence.

Robert John Liddle, 66 from Moorlough Road, Lisnaskea, admitted an act of a "lewd, obscene and disgusting nature" on 25 February 2014.

His sentencing had been deferred until Thursday so he could continue with a treatment programme.

Liddle was given a two-month sentence, which was suspended for two years.

The 66-year-old - who has been described in the past as a "high risk" offender and who has convictions for abusing children - was told five months ago that if he completed the probation programme, he would be given a suspended sentence for the incident involving the schoolgirls.

The pensioner was also warned that if he failed to comply with the programme, or committed any further offending within the five-month deferral period, he would be sent to jail.

During the previous hearing at Downpatrick Crown Court, a prosecutor told the court that Liddle's behaviour at a Tesco store in the Newtownbreda area of south Belfast roused the suspicions of security staff.

He was observed tracking a group of schoolgirls who walked past him in their uniforms.

Liddle was captured on CCTV trying to look up the skirts of two of the teenagers as they walked up a flight of stairs.

The supermarket's security staff alerted police and Liddle was arrested.