August 2009

North Wales flasher cut hole in boxers to expose himself

A flasher who customised his boxer shorts to expose himself to his neighbours appeared in court yesterday.

Gerald Hugh Williams, 57, had cut a slit in his undies, from front to back, and gave one man a full frontal view in the communal hallway, Llandudno magistrates heard.

Williams, of Blaen Cwm, Llandudno, admitted exposing himself and causing alarm or distress and the case was adjourned for a probation report. He was granted unconditional bail.

Prosecutor James Neary said Williams was wearing “a pair of boxer shorts and nothing else” when the man, who cannot be named, saw him in the communal hallway of the flats in Blaen Cwm at 4.30pm on May 7.

“The man saw a slit running from the front of the boxer shorts to the back which exposed his genitalia,” he said.

“He (Williams) stood there for a few seconds.

“He seemed to look at the man giving him a full frontal view of his exposed, private parts. The man was shocked and disgusted.”

Williams was said to get “excited and nervous” by the act, the court was told.

The man reported the incident to the police.

The prosecutor said  Williams apologised to the police officers and  added “I’m sorry. I won’t do it again” as he looked down to his groin.

Police searched Williams’ flat and seized several other pairs of underpants which had also been similarly cut from front to back.

The prosecution say Williams later denied cutting slits in his boxer shorts or modifying them and said the openings had been caused by the washing process.

The defendant had said he had walked down three flights of stairs to the communal hall because he thought he had heard the postman. 

The prosecutor said no children live in the flats but several youngsters visit daily.

Defence solicitor Jim Humphrys said it had taken his client ‘’a degree of courage’ to admit his guilt.

His motivation was to get “a bit excited and nervous”

Mr Humphrys added: “It’s an odd case. There’s something going on. There are slight mental health issues in the background.”

He said Williams had lost his mother six years ago and the “vulnerable” man had been taken under the wing of a funeral director, who accompanied him to court. 

The court heard Williams had two previous convictions for exposing himself to a female neighbour  in 2002 and   to a female stranger in 2003.

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