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Accused ‘exposed himself to schoolgirl in Belfast store’

A man allegedly exposed himself to a schoolgirl in a Belfast clothes store immediately after being questioned about a previous suspected incident, the High Court heard yesterday.

Jason Leonard Shaw (40) is accused of being naked from the waist down in front of a 15-year-old in H&M's changing rooms at Royal Avenue last week.

The prosecution alleges he held open the curtain door to his cubicle while performing an act on himself.

Shaw, of Eglantine Avenue, Belfast, faces charges of indecent exposure and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child to obtain gratification.

He was yesterday refused bail due to the risk of further offences.

Crown counsel Tessa Kitson said the girl alerted staff, who followed Shaw out of the shop. Police viewed CCTV footage and identified the accused going into the changing area on two occasions. Shaw was arrested but denied it was him on the film, the court was told.

It emerged that he was questioned about a separate alleged incident on September 23 in the changing rooms of an Oxfam shop at Botanic Avenue.

Shaw had gone to police voluntarily, denied any involvement, and has not been charged in connection with that incident.

But Ms Kitson claimed that after being interviewed he left the station and headed directly to H&M.

Richard McConkey, defending, argued his client could be released if closely monitored and an alcohol ban imposed.

However, the judge refused.

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