May 2021

Flasher exposed himself to 13 girls and women in a day ‘using Trafford Centre ruse’

A flasher exposed himself to 13 teenage girls and women in just 24 hours as he drove around in his car.

Takunda Bere went on the ‘lookout for young women’ and tricked them into coming over to his Ford Focus by pretending to ask for directions to the Trafford Centre.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to 13 charges of indecent exposure and two charges of dangerous driving at Minshull Street Crown Court.

All the offences took place in a 24 hour period from June 27-28 last year, the court heard.

The victims were aged from 13 to 29-years-old. Most were either on their own or with one other female when they were targeted.

Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said Bere ‘used the same ruse every time’ as he drove round the Sale, Urmston, Timperley and Flixton ‘on the lookout for young women’.

He would pull up alongside the victims as they walked down the street, beckon them over and ask for directions to the Trafford Centre, as he sat in his car naked from the waist down.

On one occasion he got out of his car completely naked and chased his victim along the pavement and on another he was seen to masturbate while exposing himself to a teenage girl near Timperley Metrolink station.

One teenage victim described how the incident left her ‘very shocked’.

In a statement she said: “I was crying when I got home. I thought afterwards he may have wanted me to get in the car.”

By the evening of June 28 police were searching for Bere when his car was spotted by officers near Flixton town centre.

He sped off, reaching 60mph in a 30mph zone, jumping a red light along the way and narrowly avoiding crashing into another vehicle.

On Washway Road in Sale he lost control of the car and crashed into a hedge and fence in a car park.

He tried to run off, but was caught a short while later by a police dog.

Judge Mark Savill described the crimes as ‘quite extraordinary’ and ‘appalling sexual behaviour’.

He added: “No woman should have to be subjected to this.

“It wasn’t just one offence, it was 13 committed against young women and teenagers. You drove around in your car, as soon as you came across the opportunity to do so you exposed yourself to these young women.

“An explanation of this offending is extremely hard to find.”

Judge Savill said in normal circumstances Bere, who appeared in court via video link from HMP Doncaster, would have been sentenced to jail.

But because he had already served several months in prison while on remand – most of which had been spent confined to his cell for 23 hours a day during the pandemic – the judge imposed a three year community order, with a requirement to complete a sexual offenders programme and 40 rehabilitation activity days.

Bere, of Ascot Avenue, Sale, was also banned from driving for 18 months.