A MAN was seen exposing his genitals and making obscene gestures towards a woman in a shopping centre.
Andrew Paul Rafferty, 26, was walking through Eagles Meadow in Wrexham in the early hours of May 30 when he was seen by a member of staff to be making the gestures to a female he was with while his private parts were exposed.
Rafferty, of Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, and the woman seemed to find it funny, but the staff member was not amused.
He contacted security officers, who had been observing the pair on CCTV, and police were informed.
In interview, Rafferty said he had been on a night out with the woman, whom he had met two days prior to the incident.
They had left a bar at about 4am but the woman was not able to get into the hostel where she was staying– so they decided to stay out.
While at Eagles Meadow, the woman undid the buttons on Rafferty’s trousers and he pulled out his private parts, making the obscene gesture.
Yesterday at Wrexham Magistrates Court, Rafferty pleaded guilty to a charge of outraging public decency.
Helen Tench, prosecuting, said the incident took place just before 7am.
In mitigation, Justine McVitie said Rafferty’s genitals had only been exposed for a “split second”.
She added: “There were very few people around and he did not think anyone was there. It was a very short-lived incident and it was more high-jinks than anything else.”
Rafferty was fully co-operative with police in interview.
District Judge Timothy Gascoyne said Rafferty’s actions were “not very bright”.
He sentenced Rafferty to a 12-month community order with a 100-hour unpaid work requirement. Rafferty was ordered to pay £85 costs in addition to a £60 victim surcharge.
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