Man who indecently exposed himself to young women in King’s Lynn appears in court

Monday, December 23, 2013
4:26 PM

Three young women walking home from a night out in King’s Lynn were left scared and upset after a man followed them and then exposed himself, a court heard.

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Three young women walking home from a night out in King’s Lynn were left scared and upset after a man followed them and then exposed himself, a court heard.

Garry Bainbridge, 19, followed the young women along an alleyway in North Lynn and kept trying to get their attention, until he finally stood and exposed himself, Norwich Crown Court was told.

Andrea Lock, prosecuting, said the women became aware of Bainbridge following them after they had called into a corner shop on the way home and he followed them down an alleyway making noises to try to attract their attention.

Ms Lock said they tried to ignore him but said they felt “apprehensive” but then became frightened and saw him exposing himself.

It was only when one of them shouted at him to go away and told him she had called police, that he fled.

Ms Lock said in an impact statement one if the victims described how her legs “felt like jelly” and said they had felt very scared.

Bainbridge was arrested after he was traced on CCTV and he also asked for two other similar matters to be taken into consideration, which had occurred a few days earlier. The court heard he had also received a previous caution for exposing himself to a lone female as he rode past on a bike.

Bainbridge of Lynn Road, Setchy, admitted exposing himself on November 1, and also theft and handling stolen goods.

Judge Nicholas Coleman told him the most serious offence was that of the indecent exposure as it had “deeply troubling” aspects.

He said in order to get the help he needed, he would place Bainbridge on a three year supervision order under which he must attend a sex offenders treatment programme.

Judge Coleman said: “This was a calculated act of following these young women some distance and there were repeated approaches to them and the impact on them speaks volumes for your activity.”

He also imposed a six month night time curfew on Bainbridge and said: “At least the young ladies of King’s Lynn will be safe from you for that time of night.”

Ian Graham, for Bainbridge, said the offences were committed out of low self esteem and sexual frustration.

“His use of cannabis and alcohol are triggers to this type of offending.”

He said he needed to address his cannabis and alcohol use and other issues.

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