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Serial flasher is jailed after photofit helps to snare him

By Ashleigh McDonald

A serial flasher who has more than 20 convictions for exposing himself to women has been jailed.

Father-of-two Jason Leonard Shaw, whose address cannot be published due to a reporting restriction under the Human Rights Act, was handed a 13-month sentence yesterday.

The 47-year-old was appearing in court for the latest incident, which occurred as a woman sat in her car in south Belfast.

Judge David McFarland sent him to prison and said: "All attempts to support him in the community have failed."

Shaw will serve half his sentence behind bars, with the remainder on supervised licence upon his release.

Before sentence was passed, prosecutor Simon Jenkins told Belfast Crown Court Shaw's victim had just parked her car on Wellesley Avenue at 8.20am on February 20 when a man with his face covered approached her window.

He stood there for around 30 seconds before running down an alleyway.

The court heard he re-appeared at the car window several minutes later, where he exposed his penis and handled it in full view of the woman.

She blasted her car horn several times, causing Shaw to flee, and was left shaken by the incident. The driver contacted police and after a photofit of the suspect was created, a police officer recognised Shaw.

He was arrested and later picked out by the woman in an identification procedure.

Telling the court Shaw was a "prolific offender", Mr Jenkins said 24 of his 43 convictions were for "exposure offences".

These, he added, were mostly carried out in the University area of Belfast, when Shaw exposed himself to young women, mothers with children and female students.

A defence lawyer said that despite initially denying it was him, Shaw "has had time to reflect in custody", adding the guilty plea had spared the witness the ordeal of giving evidence.

He told the court Shaw was attempting to address the issues, which were linked to "events visited upon him as a child".

Jailing him, Judge McFarland said that due to Shaw's repeated offending, he had been fined, given suspended sentences and made the subject of Probation Orders.

Saying any attempts to support him had failed, and citing his behaviour as "unpleasant and shocking" for his victims, Judge McFarland said any remorse expressed was "a little hollow".

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