Belfast Telegraph

Man exposed himself to women on Queen's University campus with plastic bag over his head, court told

A man allegedly exposed himself to women on a university campus in Belfast while wearing a plastic bag over his head, the High Court heard.

Jason Shaw was naked from the waist down when the victims were targeted, prosecutors claimed.

The 44-year-old faces a charge of indecent exposure over the early evening incident on October 19.

Shaw, whose address cannot be published, was granted bail but banned from going outside after 6pm.

Security staff on Queen's University campus were first alerted by two women who claimed a man had been flashing, the court heard.

Robin Steer, prosecuting, said: "They were walking on the lower Malone Road opposite Methodist College when they claim to have seen the defendant standing in a gateway with a black plastic bag on his head but no clothing from the waist down and his penis out."

The pair were said to have been left shocked and distressed by what they witnesses.

A security officer in the area was also said to have heard two Asian women screaming. They reported being subjected to a similar exposure.

The guard detained Shaw until police arrived, the court was told. He made no comment during interviews.

According to defence counsel Richard McConkey his client has "significant" alcohol problems.

The barrister also raised concerns about the length of time Shaw may have to wait for any trial.

During the hearing Mr Justice Weir was told the accused his estranged from his family.

But deciding to grant bail, the judge said: "I will take a chance and see."

He ordered that Shaw's address should not be published and directed him to be electronically monitored.

Further conditions included a night-time curfew and alcohol ban.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph