UPDATED: Man, 40, pleads guilty to sexual assault of a boy in toilets of Northampton shopping centre

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A 40-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young boy in the toilets of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Northampton.

Abdigani Diirshe, of no fixed abode, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court after he touched the boy, who was wearing a school uniform, while he was standing at the urinal.

The court heard that Diirshe deliberately stood next to the boy when he entered the toilets in the shopping centre on Tuesday evening.

Matthew Thomas, prosecuting, said, as the boy was urinating, Diirshe sexually assaulted him.

Mr Thomas said: “The young boy was shocked and froze, not knowing what to do. A security guard challenged the man but was unable to detain him.”

The court heard Diirshe was arrested the next day after he was spotted in the shopping centre again.

Magistrates declined jursidiction in the case and it was sent to Northampton Crown Court in January. Diirshe was remanded in custody.