Flasher ‘ashamed’ after exposing himself to riders

A 51-YEAR-OLD man from Backwell has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register after exposing himself to two women and a teenage girl.

Brian Collins, of Downside Road, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates Court in St Georges on Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of exposure.

Collins was charged with the offences after exposing himself to horse riders in Brockley Way, Claverham, on June 18, and again in Meeting House Lane, Cleeve, on July 2.

Rebecca Gardner, prosecuting, told the court that on June 18 the first victim was riding her horse when she saw the defendant in his car with his trousers down to his knees.

On July 2, the second victim was out riding with her 17-year-old daughter when they saw the defendant exposing himself in his car.

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She said: “The victim was extremely concerned because her daughter saw what was going on first and pointed it out.

“She has grave concerns because many young people ride up and down that lane by themselves The victims say their behaviours have had to change due to this. They now drive down to the stables instead of walking. They are disgusted and upset.”

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Miss Gardner added that Collins had admitted what had happened at the police station and said he did it to give himself and the victims a sexual buzz, though he later admitted he knew it would probably upset them.

Kieran Hughes, mitigating, said: “After he accepted what he had done, my client said he was very ashamed and couldn’t explain why he’d done it. Around this time he was feeling depressed and had been prescribed antidepressants. He’s never done anything like it before.”

Collins was given a community order with a supervision period of three years and a requirement to attend a sex offenders’ programme for 60 days. His name will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years and he was also ordered to pay �85 costs.

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