Man per­formed sex act while fol­low­ing OAP

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A MAN seen plea­sur­ing him­self as he fol­lowed an el­derly woman down a street in the early hours of the morn­ing has been told he needs to get help.

A court heard Daniel Philip Joseph Ash has “around 20 urges a day” and usu­ally sat­is­fies those in­doors – but on oc­ca­sions when out and about.

Swansea Crown Court heard 23-year-old Ash was seen by CCTV op­er­a­tors in the early hours of Septem­ber 18 walk­ing near Stock­ham’s Cor­ner in Neath town cen­tre.

Frank Phillips, pros­e­cut­ing, said the de­fen­dant was fol­low­ing an el­derly woman along Wind­sor Road, though the woman ap­peared un­aware of what was hap­pen­ing.

The court heard Ash had a large tear in the crotch of his trousers and could be seen per­form­ing a sex act on him­self as he walked along. Po­lice were alerted and the de­fen­dant was tracked down.

He ini­tially de­nied touch­ing him­self – say­ing he had just been “ad­just­ing him­self”.

How­ever in his sub­se­quent in­ter­view he told of­fi­cers that he has “around 20 urges a day” which he sat­is­fies by mas­tur­bat­ing.

He said he usu­ally does it in the house but “some­times” does it out­side.

He told of­fi­cers he was on med­i­ca­tion to try to treat his prob­lem but it was not work­ing.

Ash, of Bri­ton Ferry Road, Melin, Neath, pleaded guilty to out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency.

Mr Phillips told the court the woman Ash was fol­low­ing was shocked when po­lice told her what had been hap­pen­ing be­hind her and the in­ci­dent has had a “mas­sive im­pact” on her.

She is now said to be re­luc­tant to go out and “lives in con­stant fear it could hap­pen again”.

Lee Davies, de­fend­ing, said his client re­alised his ac­tion in Wind­sor Road had been un­ac­cept­able.

Mr Davies said Ash un­der­stood he needed as­sis­tance and treat­ment to stop re-of­fend­ing and “wants to over­come these urges”.

Judge Pe­ter Hey­wood said Ash’s claim of hav­ing 20 urges a day was “an un­healthy sit­u­a­tion that needs to be ad­dressed – and the sooner you get help, the bet­ter”.

Ash was jailed for four months.

He was also made the sub­ject of a three-year sex­ual harm pre­ven­tion or­der and will be on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter for the next seven years.

Daniel Ash.

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