A woman has lost confidence in walking her dogs alone in the countryside after she came across a young man alone in his car indulging in an indecent act, a court heard.
Lee Tibbetts had seen the walker but seemed totally relaxed in his car, which was parked at the side of Fron Park Road in Holywell on an afternoon in July.
Tibbetts, 19, of Brookside Crescent, Northop Hall, denied a charge of exposing himself and a trial was due to be held yesterday at Flintshire Magistrates Court.
But he changed his plea to guilty and was fined £200 with £220 costs and was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim for the distress he had caused her, with the court hearing she had been left “shocked and terrified” at the time.
Prosecutor Alun Humphreys said the woman, who was in her fifties, was walking along the pavement at 2.20pm on July 20 when she saw a car parked on the side of the road, facing her.
The car engine was running and as she passed the passenger side of the vehicle she saw the front passenger window was partially open and she could hear music.
“She glanced inside and saw that there was one person in there, the driver,” Mr Humphreys told the court.
His genitals were exposed and he was performing an indecent act, he said.
The woman could see he was a young man and he looked totally relaxed.
She believed he knew what he was doing, that he had seen her approaching but had made no attempt to cover himself up as she walked past.
The woman continued walking, stopped at the first property she came to and with the assistance of the occupier, raised the alarm. She was able to take down the first four digits of the registration number before the vehicle drove off.
Mr Humphreys said: “She was shocked and terrified by the incident at the time.”
Tibbetts was arrested two days later at his home and in interview he said that he had been walking at Moel Famau and took the long way home to clear his head because of relationship problems.
He stopped at Fron Park Road to use his telephone, decided to change into his shorts, pulled down his track suit bottoms but pulled them up immediately when he saw a woman walk passed the car.
She may have seen him but in interview he denied that he was exposing himself or indulging in an indecent act.
Magistrates heard the incident had a significant impact on the woman, who enjoyed exploring the countryside alone with her dogs.
Since the incident she had remained in the streets because she felt safer and missed the freedom she previously had.
On Tuesday she had walked her dogs off road for the first time since the incident.
Stephen Fearns, defending, said his client had now admitted the offence.
He had a partner who was not living with him at present and he was working hard, six nights a week, to support both her and himself.
He had no previous convictions and he was hoping to join the Armed Forces.