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Street flasher in city centre ‘requires help’

Culprit given community sentence

A FLASHER who exposed himself on a busy street in Canterbury to the horror of passers-by has been handed a 12-month community order. Glenn Gurney, 59, of Canton Hill, Herne Bay, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency following an incident on December 7 last year. Magistrates in Margate heard on Monday how a shopkeeper in Kingsmead Road received several complaints about a man exposing himself on the street outside. Three more members of the public made complaints, including a woman described in court as a: “distraught French female”. The shopkeeper then went outside and saw Gurney with his trousers down. When a police officer arrived at the scene, Gurney told him he had been urinating into the River Stour and said:

“I got done for flashing a few years ago. I went for a pee — I didn’t think anyone could see.”

During questioning, the defendant told officers he did not know why he didn’t use a public toilet or the restrooms at the nearby Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Blunt

Gurney had been convicted of indecent exposure 25 years ago and received a caution for the same offence in 2011. Before sentencing, his solicitor said:

“He has accepted his culpability. I have tried to be as blunt with him as I can be that this would seem to be a problem for him. Seeing as Mr Gurney seems to be almost in denial at times, there must be some kind of problematic behaviour causing him to do this kind of thing. He said to me: ‘I think I need some supervision’. That’s what I have always thought will be required all along. He realises he needs some form of help and I think that’s the best way to deal with this, not just for society but also for himself.”

Gurney received a 12-month supervised community order and will carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Herne Bay Times, March 20th 2014

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