August 2012

Flasher who exposed himself in Weymouth jailed for 18 months

A MAN who exposed himself to a mother and her four-year-old son in a Weymouth park has been jailed for 18 months.

Adrian William Fitzgerald, 49, appeared at Dorchester Crown Court to be sentenced for two offences of exposure, which were described as ‘shocking’ by Judge Roger Jarvis.

Carolyn Branford-Wood, prosecuting, told the court that the first offence related to the afternoon of January 29 when a 33-year-old woman was teaching her young son how to ride a bike in Radipole Park Gardens.

She said: “Her attention was drawn to a man standing near bushes close to the Jubilee Business Park area.

“He was wearing a long coat.”

Miss Branford-Wood said the man walked towards them and undid his trousers as he did so. She said he then exposed himself.

The mother immediately pushed her son away and phoned the police.

Miss Branford-Wood said the following day a shop volunteer was alone with Fitzgerald in a shop in Weymouth town centre and he was in a changing booth trying on trousers.

He asked the volunteer, who was in her late 60s, if she could pass him a pair of trousers, which she did so before turning and walking away with her back to the defendant.

Miss Branford-Wood said the woman then turned back to see Fitzgerald exposing himself.

She said: “The male was standing with the curtains open.”

Miss Branford-Wood said the woman immediately went to find her shop manager at the back of the shop and, as they returned to find Fitzgerald leaving the store, the manager contacted the police.

She said Fitzgerald, of no fixed abode, was arrested later that day in Dorchester Road.

When interviewed by police he informed them he had come to Weymouth from Blackpool several days previously.

Judge Jarvis sentenced Fitzgerald to 18 months in prison and made him subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order until further notice and placed him on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.