November 2017

Smiling pervert pleasured himself while staring at a mum and her six-year-old son – but partner stands by him

A pervert who pleasured himself in full view of a mum and her six-year-old son was embraced by his girlfriend as he left court smiling

The shocked victim was forced to cover her son’s eyes when she spotted Paul Rice, 35, playing with himself in front of his bedroom window on March 1 this year.

But Rice committed exactly the same offence again on May 21, after being released on police bail, which resulted in an angry crowd gathered outside his then address in Sleepers Hill, Walton.

Police checks revealed he had been jailed for exposing himself in 2013 and in 2005.

Rice, now of Martins Lane in Wallasey, initially denied the new offences but pleaded guilty to exposure on the day of his trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was today handed 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, after a judge heard he had already served six months on remand in jail – equivalent to the maximum 12 months prison term available in the sentencing guidelines.

The suspended sentence order also included 35 rehabilitation activity days with probation service and he must sign sex on offenders register for 10 years.

Ken Grant, prosecuting, told the court the first victim noticed Rice in the upstairs front window of his house as she walked her son home from school, at around 3.20pm.

Mr Grant said: “He was wearing a blue hooded jacked with the hood up, and he had his trousers pulled down.

“He was masturbating while looking straight ahead at her and her son. The little boy asked ‘Mum, what is he doing?’ She had to cover her son’s eyes and walk away from the location quickly.”

Police were called and Rice claimed the allegations were false, suggesting that “people in the area” knew about his previous convictions and were “making it up”.

But while investigations continued another woman, who was walking in the area, was looking towards Sleepers Green and spotted Rice “with his naked groin” exposed in his bedroom window.

Mr Grant said: “She said there were children aged between four and 12 in the area, as well as adults…

“She screamed and saw him step away, and the blinds were slowly closed. The police were called, and it appears it was in fact his girlfriend who called police as a small group of people had gathered outside the defendant’s house.”

Rice was arrested and again denied the offences, complaining that the crowd had been calling him a “nonce”. 

The court heard his partner, who listened from the public gallery, had not known of Rice’s previous convictions until his arrest.

He said: “He has for the last two years been living with a stable partner. She has a stable family, her father is a well known businessman in the area, and they in fact attended the last court hearing to find out why their prospective son-in-law was in court.

“Her decision, with her family, is to support him – although he has a problem.”

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, passing sentence, said: “What you have been doing is disgusting and upsetting to people, particularly in regard to young women whether on their own or out with small children.

“It seems to me for some time you have been getting a kick out of masturbating in front of people. If you carry on you will keep going back into custody and wasting your life.”

When Rice was released from the cells his partner hugged him and the pair left the court building, in Derby Square, holding hands.

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