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Michael Morris – Barry

July 2018

Flasher exposed himself to children in park packed with families enjoying heatwave

A serial flasher exposed himself to a group of children in a busy park as families enjoyed the heatwave.

A judge told married Michael Morris he was sending him to prison “so the parents and children of Barry can use the parks without seeing your gross offences”

The 45-year-old exposed his bare backside and genitals to a group of children aged between nine and 11 in Central Park at around 4.30pm on June 27 this year.

When he was subsequently arrested he asked officers if her could “have a pasty”.

Prosecutor Joanna James told Cardiff Crown Court on Friday: “Police received a report of a male in Central Park, Barry, in an intoxicated state and behaving in a strange manner. They identified the defendant on arrival to the park.

“The defendant was bare-chested and was wearing dark trousers with the zip undone. The police formed the view he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

“It became clear to the officers there were a group of children present between nine and 11.

“They told the officers the defendant had been in the park and had seen the defendant standing in the bushes and had his trousers around his thighs with no top on.

“They said they could see him bending over and could see his backside. He then turned around and they could see his genitals while he urinated in the bushes.

“A young boy said he saw the male later on by some bins and at this point he had his trousers pulled up but he chased the children when they saw him.”

Morris was arrested at the scene and as he was detained he asked officers if he could “have a pasty”. He later pleaded guilty to exposure.

The court heard of Morris’ criminal record, which included two recent exposure convictions.

The first took place on September 8 last year when he stood on a roof in Holton Road, Barry, shouting abuse at people below while naked.

The second offence took place in April when he stood near the rear staff entrance of Wilko, also in Holton Road, and fondled his genitals.

As a result of this conviction he was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment and was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Williams said: “The park was busy because of the weather and parents were bringing their children to the park where you exposed yourself to a number of them. You chased them and urinated openly so you could be seen.

“This isn’t the first time you have behaved in this way and you have a bad criminal record in general. This and your relevant convictions make this offence far more serious.

“I have come to the conclusion that you must be prevented from behaving like this in the future by incarcerating you so the parents and children of Barry can use the parks without seeing your gross offences.”

Morris, of Holton Road, Barry, was sentenced to a total of 11 months imprisonment.

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