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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Carlisle man followed home by flasher feared rape

A 25-year-old man left another fearing he could be raped after following him home from a party and exposing himself.

Ashley Patrick Callaghan, from Workington, followed the man over Victoria Viaduct, in Carlisle, and into Denton Holme, along Nelson Street before the man turned around to ask what he wanted.

“You know what I want,” Callaghan told him, and exposed himself. The victim told him he would call police and went home.

The court heard how moments later the buzzer went and Callaghan put his foot against the door, stopping the other man from closing it.

Magistrates were told that Callaghan admitted he was “openly homosexual” and had had a lot to drink on the night. The victim was “very distressed and thought the man could rape him”, prosecutor Julie Hanson said.

Defence lawyer Geoff Lockerbie said he had no memory of the night on May 3, “due to the amount of alcohol he consumed”.

Magistrates decided they would need a pre-sentence report from the probation service to be obtained before he was sentenced and warned him he could face jail. Callaghan was told by the presiding magistrate the offence amounted to “a long pursuit of a vulnerable adult and you were in drink”.

“The victim was worried by your actions,” he said.

Callaghan, of Victoria Place in Workington, pleaded guilty to charge of exposure to another person which could cause alarm or distress. He will be sentenced on July 1 and was released on conditional bail.

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