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Man who exposed himself in Belfast avoids jail

Stanislaw Ziobro appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday
Stanislaw Ziobro appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday

By Alan Erwin

A 61-year-old man convicted of a "predatory" exposure offence in Belfast city centre has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Stanislaw Ziobro was also put on the sex offenders' register after being found guilty of revealing his genitals and making suggestive remarks.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard police were alerted by a woman who encountered him on December 6, 2017.

Prosecutors said Ziobro, of Elm Court in the city, had exposed himself and made comments to members of the public.

Another witness claimed the accused, who is understood to be from Canada, was making masturbation-type gestures.

He was arrested and charged with exposures, but denied the offence.

Convicted in his absence, Ziobro returned to court today with the aid of a walking stick for sentencing.

Defence barrister Luke Curran stressed his client has no history of similar offences.

But District Judge Fiona Bagnall replied: "There's a predatory element to this."

Imposing two months imprisonment, Mrs Bagnall suspended the term for a year.

She also directed the Ziobro is to be placed on the sex offenders' register for a period still to be fixed.

Mr Curran confirmed that Ziobro intends to appeal his conviction.

Counsel said: "He does not accept the things he is alleged to have done."

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