Jail next time if man guilty of in­de­cent ex­po­sure ‘sins again’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

A COUNTY Lim­er­ick man, cur­rently re­sid­ing in the mid Kerry area, has ad­mit­ted to ex­pos­ing him­self to a 42-year-old woman and a 56-year-old woman on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions ear­lier this year.

Patrick Walsh, Moan­ree, New­cas­tle West, ap­peared at Ca­her­siveen District Court on Thurs­day charged with ex­pos­ing his gen­i­tals, in­tend­ing to cause fear, dis­tress or alarm to an­other per­son at Bal­ly­cleave, Glen­beigh, on May 24 and Ross­beigh Beach on May 26.

Garda Brian McCarthy said that at 7.30pm on May 24 last, a 42-year-old lo­cal lady had been cy­cling on the Ring of Kerry road near Bal­ly­cleave, when a man jumped onto the mid­dle of the road with his trousers down around his an­kles.

“She felt threat­ened as she passed him and soon af­ter a blue Pas­sat over­took her,” the garda stated, adding that the woman then pro­ceeded to cy­cle home in to­tal fear.

Two days later on May 26 at ap­prox­i­mately 1.30pm, the court heard that a 56-year-old woman walk­ing on the back strand at Ross­beigh Beach no­ticed a male with his gen­i­tals ex­posed a few hun­dred me­tres away. “She walked past him and felt very in­tim­i­dated,” the court heard.

Later in her walk the woman spot­ted two cars at the life­guard’s hut and took photos of a male driver and of the reg­is­tra­tion of his ve­hi­cle.

On May 31, gar­daí pa­trolling Ross­beigh Beach spot­ted Mr Walsh in the ve­hi­cle which was pho­tographed by the woman in Ross­beigh and also de­scribed by the cy­clist in Bal­ly­cleave.

The court heard that Mr Walsh was with his part­ner at the time and when ques­tioned he put his hands up.

So­lic­i­tor Bren­dan Ah­ern said his client gave a vol­un­tary ad­mis­sion and didn’t seek le­gal ad­vice. “I’ve had nu­mer­ous con­sul­ta­tions and found it dif­fi­cult to ex­plain,” the so­lic­i­tor added.

The court heard that Mr Walsh had re­centl;y re­lo­cated to the mid Kerry area to be with his part­ner.

Re­fer­ring to the fact that the in­ci­dents oc­curred in a pub­lic place and the de­fen­dant made no at­tempt to con­ceal his iden­tity, Judge James O’Con­nor asked if psy­cho­log­i­cal help was needed. Mr Ah­ern said his client was cur­rently on a wait­ing list for coun­selling

He added that Mr Walsh had no in­ten­tion to threaten the women, to which Judge O’Con­nor replied that the very act it­self was a threat.

The de­fen­dant agreed to of­fer €4,000 – €2,000 to each woman – as com­pen­sa­tion. He was re­manded on con­tin­u­ing bail to ap­pear again in Ca­her­siveen on May 10, 2018. “If he sins again it has to be a cus­to­dial sen­tence and it will be close to 12 months,” the judge warned.

One of the first such charges be­fore the district court, the al­leged of­fences are con­trary to Sec­tion 45 of the Crim­i­nal Law (Sex Of­fences) Act.

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