January 2018

Pervert convicted of exposing himself to women and children

A pervert who asked women and girls for directions before performing a sex act on himself in his car was placed on the sexual offenders’ register.

Adrian Joyce, 27, of Bold Street, Runcorn, claimed his depraved behaviour was a “peculiar” form of stress relief, Chester Crown Court heard.

James Coutts, prosecuting, recounted how Joyce had repeatedly used the same ploy, pulling up in his Volkswagen Golf and asking for directions, then performing the sex act on himself with his zip open or trousers round his thighs, prompting his victims to flee in disgust.

His first offence was committed in view of a 13-year-old girl walking home from school at about 3.30pm on Wednesday, October 11.

Joyce pulled up and was saying something but the victim fled and reported the matter to her mother.

The next offence occurred the next day and was committed in front of two 15-year-old girls the defendant had called over to ask for directions.

Police said, at the time of the two incidents, that they happened in different parts of Palacefields in Runcorn.

When Joyce struck again, he chose an adult victim on Halton Road at about 6.30pm on October 17, then again at 8.10pm on October 23 on Boston Avenue and then a fifth offence 15 minutes later on Latham Avenue.

Victims reported feeling “disgusted” and “shocked” by his actions, which Judge Simon Berkson said must have been “very upsetting”.

In one of the instances, Joyce motioned downwards with his head and asked: “Do you like that?” or “What do you think of that?”.

Police put an end to his sick activity on November 11 and he made “various admissions” but denied performing a sex act or trying to obtain sexual gratification, claiming it was “stress relief”.

Judge Berkson said that “raised eyebrows around the court”.

Joyce later pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent exposure.

He has two previous convictions for five offences: battery, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage.

The court heard he had spent two months in custody ahead of his plea hearing before being put on a tag awaiting sentencing.

Joyce was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, with an 8pm-7am curfew, 200 hours of unpaid work, and a place on the sex offenders’ register for the next seven years.