Man committed sex act in store

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A man who repeatedly returned to a Glemsford supermarket to commit a sex act on himself could face up to a year in prison.

Nathan Squirrell, of Blooms Hall Lane in Stanstead, also threw a bottle of semen over a woman in Hunts Hill Store, Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Nicola Leppard said the 26-year-old, who pleaded guilty to three charges of committing an act of outraging public decency, had entered the village shop on a number of occasions and performed a sex act on himself.

“On one occasion, he threw a substance, believed to be semen, over the back and legs of a woman customer,” she said.

“She was unaware of this at the time, but it was captured on CCTV.”

Mrs Leppard said that under sentencing guidelines, Squirrell could be jailed for 12 months, as children were around, women targeted and the acts “premeditated”.

In mitigation, Susannah Brooke said the incidents, which took place at the end of August and beginning of September, were not witnessed by anyone at the time.

“People in the shop were unaware and nobody saw any exposure,” she said. “It was only after CCTV was viewed, for a different matter, that people became aware.”

Squirrell was released on conditional bail to attend crown court for sentencing at a date yet to be determined.