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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Flasher followed victim home from Carlisle club

A flasher exposed himself to a vulnerable man in the street after following him home in the early hours of the morning.

Ashley Patrick Callaghan, 25, of Upperby Road, Carlisle, made his victim so scared during the incident on May 4 that he feared he would be assaulted.

North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court was told how the defendant claims he has no recollection of the incident, due to his drunken state on the night.

Prosecutor Pam Ward told the court how Callaghan had been drinking in the city centre nightclub Outrageous just before 10pm on May 3, and remained there until the early hours of the next morning.

After Callaghan had left the club, the victim saw him shouting abuse at someone in the Victoria Viaduct area.

He then crossed the road and started to pursue the victim through the city.

Mrs Ward said: “He [the victim] let him pass by outside his home address. He said to Callaghan ‘what do you want?’ to which [Callaghan] said ‘you’.”

The court heard it was at this point the defendant unzipped his trousers and exposed himself to the victim.

The victim pushed Callaghan in the chest before attempting to flee inside his house.

However, Callaghan followed him, ringing his door buzzer before putting his foot in the doorway to prevent him closing it.

He then told Callaghan that he was going to call the police and the defendant fled the scene.

Callaghan handed himself into police after reading allegations on Facebook.

Callaghan was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years, must complete 180 hours of unpaid work, and adhere to a curfew between 7pm and 7am for the next three months.

Magistrates also put him under supervision for 12 months and ordered Callaghan to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £85 costs.

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