A KEBAB shop worker has denied watching a child at a urinal and sexually assaulting him at a restaurant.

Muhammed Mucahid appeared before Southend Magistrates’ Court over an alleged incident in toilets at McDonald’s restaurant in Southend High Street, on Sunday, August 5.

Mucahid, a Turkish refugee from London, was arrested by police after the incident was reported to the force.

He was charged and remanded into custody to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Lesley Chipps, told the court Mucahid, 57, is accused of watching the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as he attempted to use a urinal.

The court heard Mucahid not only watched him but then ushered or pushed him into an empty cubicle.

It is alleged he kissed him on the cheek, before the boy managed to get away and get back to his father who had been waiting in the queue to order food.

The court heard the boy told his father what had taken place.

An off duty police officer was in the area at the time and apprehended the suspect.

Mucahid strongly denies any wrongdoing.

The court heard he verbally abused the officer at the time and during the court hearing Mucahid continued to shout out repeatedly during the hearing, protesting his innocence, until he was removed from the court.

Mucahid, of Gladstone Avenue, Wood Green, North London, was assisted in court by an interpreter.

Jo Barham, defending, told the court he denied the accusations made and claimed the boy had been watching him.

Defending Mucahid, Jo Barham said her client denied the accusations and maintained the boy had been watching him.

The kebab shop worker was remanded in custody after denying the charges.

Mucahid is accused of intentionally sexually touching a boy under 13, communicating with a child without reasonable excuse in contravention of a court order and assaulting a special constable in the execution of his duty.

A trial will take at Basildon Crown Court on February 5.