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Belfast flasher who exposed himself to students avoids prison

By John Cassidy

A serial flasher has narrowly avoided prison for exposing himself to two female students.

Jason Leonard Shaw (47), of Great Northern Street, Belfast, was handed a one-year sentence suspended for three years after he pleaded guilty at the city's Crown Court to a single charge of exposure last year.

Judge Geoffrey Miller QC warned Shaw: "If you commit any further offences after today's date you will be put in custody for this offence.''

Prosecuting lawyer Simon Jenkins told the court that at 2.45am on September 25, 2016, two female Spanish students were walking to Elmwood Hall when they saw a man "standing at the bus stop when he pulled down his underwear and exposed himself''.

The court was told the students contacted Queen's security staff who alerted the PSNI. Police found Shaw in the grounds of a chapel at Derryvolgie Avenue.

The court heard Shaw has 41 previous convictions - 20 related to indecent exposure or exposure offences.

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