Man exposed himself to teenage pair

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A MIDDLE-AGED man who exposed himself in full view of a teenage girl and her boyfriend told a court: “I’m not a flasher.”

Mark Leslie Edwards was said to have pulled his trousers down at a main road bus stop in Brierfield at night and stared at the couple. The teenager’s 17-year-old partner shouted at him and was worried about what might happen, Pennine magistrates were told.

Edwards, who was not legally represented, told the Bench he had been “extremely drunk.” He said he still had no recollection of what happened, but had no reason to dispute what the pair said.

The defendant (43), of Quakers View, Brierfield, admitted exposing himself with intent to insult a female. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £60 costs.

Mr Neil White (prosecuting) said police did not suggest Edwards had any history of such behaviour and it appeared the defendant had acted out of character when very drunk.

The couple were walking home along the main road in Brierfield at about 10-30pm when they saw a man at a bus stop. The 17-year-old would say the male was leaning against some railings and as they walked on the opposite side of the road, he pulled down his trousers to half way down his thigh, started “playing with” himself and stared right at them.

Mr White said the 17-year-old shouted at him: “What are you doing?” but the defendant carried on exposing himself. The teenager was worried about what might happen and his girlfriend was disgusted at what she saw. After about a minute of shouting, Edwards pulled up his trousers and walked off. Police were called.

Officers caught up with the defendant, who had his belt in his jacket pocket. He was arrested and taken to the police station. Edwards was interviewed, said he had been drinking beer and cider and didn’t remember anything else. He expressed some disgust at his own conduct. Edwards told police he was not an alcoholic, but when he drank he would have too much.

The defendant told the court: “I would like to apologise to the people who witnessed my appalling behaviour. I am sorry for any distress I have caused to them and to my family and friends.

“I was extremely drunk, although that’s not an excuse. I don’t know what I did, but I certainly have no reason to dispute what the two witnesses say and would say they are probably correct in their statement.

“I am not a flasher. It’s totally out of character. I am quite a private person.”

Sentencing, Bench chairman Mr Neil Tranmer told the defendant: “We do accept that you feel genuine remorse and indeed disappointment and disgust in your own behaviour. We also accept the fact it was alcohol -related and hopefully what we are going to do this morning will certainly make you stop and think in relation to alcohol in the future.”