Shelly Bay flasher discharged
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.’’