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Retired Belfast officer accused of touching genitals in Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores in the presence of children

Published 07/06/2016

John Stanfield
John Stanfield

This is the retired police officer ordered to stand trial accused of outraging public decency in a supermarket.

South East Belfast man John Douglas Stanfield has been released on bail with the condition that he does not enter any supermarket.

The 82-year-old ex-cop appeared in the dock at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court last week accused of string of charges relating to alleged creepy behaviour at Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores near his Rosetta Road home.

He is accused of touching his genitals in the presence of children in the shops.

Stanfield has claimed to police he was scratching his psoriasis.

He faces six charges of outraging public decency on various dates in February, March, November and December last year.

The first three counts allege that Stanfield touched himself while in the Tesco supermarket at Newtownbreda while the final three allege similar behaviour at Sainsbury’s at Forestside.

A detective told a previous hearing how cops were called to the Sainsbury’s store on December 10 last year following reports of Stanfield “touching himself in front of children” in an incident captured on CCTV footage.

Having seized and watched that footage, Stanfield was arrested at his home and the officer revealed that inquiries uncovered two similar incidents in the same shop on December 4 and November 28.

The court heard how police  investigations led to further similar incidents in February and March last year. Arrested and interviewed Stanfield was shown footage from each incident but each time, his explanation “was that he was scratching his psoriasis,” the court heard.

Releasing Stanfield on continuing bail last Tuesday, Judge Mark Hamill ordered him to appear before Downpatrick Crown Court on June 30 for his arraignment.

As well as his own bail of £500, the alleged pervert pensioner is barred from entering any supermarket or its car park and from having contact with children.

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