Shelly Bay flasher dis­charged

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A Shelly Bay flasher has been dis­charged with­out con­vic­tion af­ter seek­ing ex­ten­sive coun­selling for his be­hav­iour.

Ngaio sales­man Mur­ray James King, 51, ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing be­fore Judge Tom Broad­more at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

King had faced up to two years in prison for two in­ci­dents in which he ex­posed him­self to women in Shelly Bay, Whi­tireia Park.

He was chased by his first vic­tim when he dropped his trousers in front of her on the beach on Novem­ber 28, 2012. woman walk­ing her dog. On that oc­ca­sion po­lice ar­rived be­fore King left the beach.

Since then, King’s 11-year mar­riage had bro­ken up, his home had been sold and he had only lim­ited ac­cess to his son, his lawyer Philippa Sul­li­van said.

King had spent $ 2500 on coun­selling for his prob­lem, Ms Sul­li­van said.

‘‘The de­fen­dant has done ev­ery­thing he could pos­si­bly do to en­sure he will never be in this po­si­tion again.

‘‘He feels dis­gust and re­morse about his ac­tions.’’

Ms Sul­li­van asked

Judge Broad­more to grant King a dis­charge with­out con­vic­tion. King had never been be­fore court be­fore, and a con­vic­tion would af­fect his job, Ms Sul­li­van said.

King reg­u­larly trav­elled over­seas for work and some coun­tries might refuse him a visa if he had a con­vic­tion, she said.

King had also writ­ten let­ters of re­morse to his vic­tims, but po­lice prose­cu­tor Kevin Shaw said the women felt the let­ters rang hol­low.

Judge Broad­more agreed a con­vic­tion would have grave con­se­quences for King.

‘‘Over­seas travel is in­te­gral to your job and a con­vic­tion would cre­ate con­sid­er­able prac­ti­cal prob­lems for you in your work,’’ he said.

‘‘Even though your of­fend­ing can­not be taken as triv­ial, the con­se­quences would be out of all pro­por­tion to the of­fend­ing.’’

King’s vic­tims were mid­dleaged women, and while they were ini­tially re­luc­tant to re­turn to Shelly Bay, they had largely got over the in­ci­dents, Judge Broad­more said.

King did not choose the most vul­ner­a­ble vic­tims, he said.

‘‘ It’s not as though they’re young girls.’’

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