Flasher exposed himself in town centre fashion store


Naomi Penrose

TWO staff members at a clothing store were “shocked and alarmed” when a man exposed himself to them. 
Three days later, the culprit threw cider and assaulted a manager of a different town centre shop.
Stephen James Roberts, 37, of Glanrafon Road, Mold, pleaded guilty to one charge of indecent exposure and one charge of assault by beating at Mold Magistrates Court. 
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, told Flintshire Magistrates Court that on July 25, two members of staff at the New Look women’s clothing store on Mold High
Street were conducting a stock check when Roberts walked to the back door of the store room. 
The women said he was intoxicated when he approached them and was speaking inappropriately to them. 
He rolled up his three-quarter length trousers up to his groin, so they shouted to the people nearby, who they believed were his friends. 
Roberts then pulled his trousers down and exposed his genitals to them. 
Mr Ellis said the women asked him to leave and closed the door. 
They then called the police and Roberts was identified on CCTV by PC
Mr Ellis also told the court how three days later on July 28, Roberts assaulted Craig Lewis, manager of the Benchmark store in Mold. 
Mr Lewis noticed Roberts was peeling a sticker off the store window, so confronted him and Roberts then became aggressive. 
At the time, Roberts was holding a pitcher of cider and he threw it over Mr Lewis. 
He also tried to kick Mr Lewis but missed. 
Roberts eventually walked away towards the long stay car park near the Co-op store, Mold. 
Following the incident, Mr Lewis had to go home to change his shirt and also had to have his cider-stained trousers dry cleaned. 
Roberts was later identified and interviewed by police. 
During his interview, Roberts said he “does stupid things” when he drinks excess alcohol. 
He said he wanted to apologise to the women in New Look and to Mr Lewis for throwing cider at him. 
Following the incident, the two women said they were “shocked and alarmed” by the flasher. 
The one woman said the incident also left her feeling “uneasy” and believed Roberts definitely intended to expose himself to her and her colleague. 
Chris Jesse, defending, said he had “absolutely no mitigation” in respect to the offences. 
Mr Jesse said: “On both occasions he was described as being highly intoxicated.” 
In interview, Roberts said he needed to address his issue with alcohol and that the sooner he does, the better. 
Sentencing was adjourned to September 23 for a pre-sentence report.
Roberts was bailed on condition he cannot be intoxicated in public and cannot enter New Look or Benchmark stores for any reason. 

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