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Court bans reporting of flashing accused's address

By Alan Erwin

A man charged with exposing himself in a new flashing offence has secured a ban on revealing his current living arrangements.

Jason Leonard Shaw was granted an interim order to stop publication of his address due to a perceived threat to his safety.

The 47-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of exposing his genitals to a woman with the intention of causing alarm or distress.

He allegedly committed the offence at a location in the city on February 20 this year.

During a preliminary enquiry hearing a defence lawyer applied for reporting restrictions amid concerns for Shaw's well being.

He referred to online comments after an article about his client was posted on Facebook.

With police said to have served a notice on Shaw, he is understood to have since moved accommodation.

Pressing for more detail on how serious any threat is, District Judge Fiona Bagnall stressed that the proceedings were already public.

But based on legislation protecting the right to life, she agreed to impose a temporary ban on publishing Leonard's address.

Her interim order can be challenged at a later stage in proceedings.

Standing in the dock, Shaw nodded to confirm her understood the new charge against him.

He declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Backing prosecution submissions that he has a case to answer, Mrs Bagnall granted an application to have him returned for Crown Court trial.

She released Shaw on continuing bail until those proceedings get underway.

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