Trial begins for man accused of performing sex act while eating Chinese in takeaway
The trial opened in the Crown Court in Derry of a 64-year-old man who is charged with committing a sex act on himself in front of a female member of staff in a Chinese takeaway last year.
The defendant, Michael Joseph Mullan from Keerin Road in Cookstown, denies committing the offence in the Golden House takeaway in St Patrick's Street, Draperstown, on April 15 of last year.
He's charged with committing an act of a lewd, disgusting and obscene nature and of outraging public decency by exposing himself and performing a sex act as he sat eating his meal on the windowsill inside the restaurant.
CCTV footage of the alleged incident was shown to the jury and a barrister for the Public Prosecution Service said the female member of staff who had served the defendant was so concerned at his behaviour that she also photographed him on her mobile phone when he allegedly performed the sex act on himself.
A prosecution barrister said the defendant is also alleged to have made an offensive comment to the woman before asking for her hand.
The barrister said the CCTV footage showed the defendant sitting on the windowsill and unzipping his trousers before performing the sex act as he held his takeaway food.
The defendant was arrested and interviewed the following day and denied the allegations. Two months later he was interviewed for a second time during which he was shown the CCTV footage of his behaviour, but still denied the offence.