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Retired RUC reservist 'exposed himself in front of two young girls'

A former RUC reservist exposed himself in front of a woman and her two young daughters in a Belfast shop

A retired RUC reservist who exposed himself and touched his genitals in front of a woman and her two young daughters in a Belfast DIY store has escaped jail.

John Douglas Stanfield (83), from Rosetta Road in Belfast, has an extensive criminal record for similar offences and was in breach of a prior Sexual Offences' Prevention Order when he was seen rubbing his genitals in Homebase near Forestside in June last year.

Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday Stanfield "deliberately" touched himself front of two girls aged seven and eight.

His barrister said his client could not remember the crime but pleaded guilty.

He was handed an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years.

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