Wednesday 22 October 2014

Alleged serial flasher was 'scratching itch' when woman spotted him, court told

Published 01/05/2014 | 20:37

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An alleged serial flasher claims he was just scratching an itch when one woman accidentally spotted him, the High Court heard today.

Francis Graham is accused of targeting three different female motorists at the same location in Co. Down.

The 58-year-old denies the indecent exposure charges, insisting one incident involved a complete misunderstanding.

Bail was refused, however, due to the potential risk to the public.

Graham was arrested last Sunday after a woman claimed he had flashed at her near his home on the Glen Road in Comber.

The court heard that he told officers: "I know what you're talking about but it was completely accidental."

Conor Gillespie, prosecuting, said Graham denied the alleged offence and offered an alternative explanation.

"He stated that he was scratching himself due to a severe itch and his zip opened," the barrister said.

Further charges were then brought over two earlier incidents at the same location on March 29.

Defence counsel Michael Boyd confirmed his client denies any involvement in either episode.

Dealing with the most recent incident, the lawyer added: "He made his case to police that there's been some sort of misunderstanding.

"The court may view that with a degree of scepticism, but he did tell police it was accidental.

"He was experiencing pain in his groin area and was examining this and didn't intend to specifically expose himself to anyone."

The judge described the alleged behaviour as utterly unacceptable.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Horner said: "I consider there's a real risk of re-offending."

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