Flasher sentenced

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A MAN startled a dog walker by exposing himself, a court heard this week.

Roy Barton, of Westgate, Heckmondwike, was standing on a public footpath at Norristhorpe Lane in Liversedge when he exposed himself to a woman nearby.

The incident, which happened at 7.35am on September 28, was not the first time Barton had exposed himself in public.

The 30-year-old was convicted of exposure in October 2010 and placed under a court order to prevent similar offences in the future.

Last Thursday, Barton was given a 16-week community order after pleading guilty to a charge of exposure at Dewsbury and Batley Magistrates Court.

The order places him under a curfew between 8.45am and 8.45pm, except on Tuesdays to allow him to attend a treatment programme.

Prosecuting, Andy Wills said the victim was walking her dog when she noticed Barton on the footpath.

She first thought Barton was also a dog walker, then realised he was exposing himself.

Mr Wills said Barton asked the woman if she had seen him urinating, as he was on his way home and was “desperate” and forced to relieve himself at the footpath.

However she said she had not seen him urinating and was shocked to see what he actually was doing.

Mitigating, Frank Joyce urged magistrates not to hand down a custodial sentence as this would cause Barton to “lose everything” including his barber’s shop, and he would be unable to continue with the treatment he had been receiving since his 2010 conviction.

Mr Joyce told the court that Barton had “no intention” of breaching the order, and planned to move his business out of Heckmondwike to “get out of the way altogether”.

Magistrate Patricia Waite-Wright said the offence was serious enough for a community order to be made and also ordered Mr Barton to pay £85 prosecution costs.