Man remanded in custody for breaching sexual offences order

A CONSTRUCTION worker charged with outraging public decency has been remanded in custody at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court.

William Gerald Burke (55), of Coolshinney Road, Magherafelt, was charged with twice breaking the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

The accused was said to have loitered in an area with children.

Mr Burke was also believed to have had a mobile phone with a built-in camera at a shopping centre.

He was further charged with taking nude photographs and by taking an indecent photograph of a child.

The court was told the defendant, who admits committing the offences on 12 March, was given a four month jail sentence, suspended for three years, in 2007 for similar offences.

He was also subjected to the terms of a SOPO order until 2017.

A police officer said Mr Burke had been arrested after they received a complaint from the mother of a schoolgirl that he had photographed under her daughter’s skirt.

Bail was refused and Mr Burke was remanded in custody for a video-link hearing in Magherafelt on April 11.