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Exposure on busy Cambridge-bound train was ‘thoughtless and careless’ from man in shorts, court hears

By Cambridge News  |  Posted: December 30, 2013

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A 24-year-old man who fondled and exposed his genitals on a packed train between Kings Lynn and Cambridge said his actions were reckless, not intentional.

Gavin Slough, of Brangehill Lane, Mepal, Ely, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court to a public order offence after a charge of indecent exposure was dropped by prosecutors.

The court heard the offence happened in the afternoon of Sunday, October 6, and was reported by an 18-year-old woman.

Delia Matthews, prosecuting, said the victim was sitting at a table seat when Slough got on the train wearing shorts, and sat opposite her.

Mrs Matthews said: “The defendant put his hands down his shorts and was rummaging around. He then stretched his legs out onto the seat next to her and his penis was clearly on show for quite some time.

“She got off in Cambridge and was upset at what had happened.”

Kevin Warboys, mitigating, said his client accepted that his behaviour was “thoughtless and careless”.

He added: “He had his eyes closed and was listening to his headphones for much of the journey – he was completely unaware of his surroundings.”

Stephanie Bishop, chief magistrate, handed Slough a conditional discharge for six months, along with £50 compensation and £100 in court costs.

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