A MAN was wearing a union jack thong when he flashed his bottom at two women in the street.
Bernard Daley approached the two women in Waldon Street, Hartlepool, walked into the middle of the road, yanked down his black trousers and exposed his bare bottom to the shocked pair.
The 37-year-old was sporting the Union Jack thong at the time of the flashing, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
Prosecuting, Lynne Dalton told justices: “The defendant continued walking towards the pair until he was about level with them, he then walked off the pavement and walked into the middle of the road.
“It was at this point the defendant turned his back to the pair and lifted up the rear of his red puffa jacket and pulled down his black trousers to the top of his thighs, resulting his buttock showing, even though the defendant was wearing a Union Jack thong.
“The women reported this incident to police, whose subsequent investigation identified Daley as the person responsible.”
Daley, who is believed to suffer with a form of learning disability, was interviewed twice by police, firstly with his aunty present.
He told officers he had finished a night-shift at Asda, where he was working at the time, and on the way home he pulled his trousers down because they were “ill-fitting”, said Mrs Dalton.
But, when he was interviewed a second time with a representative from the learning difficulties team present, he admitted carrying out the act.
Mrs Dalton said: “He told officers that he saw the two women and lifted up the back of his coat showing them his bare bottom. When asked why he hadn’t told officers in the first interview he said he was ashamed because his aunt was there. He said it was a stupid thing to do.”
Daley, of Brenda Road, Hartlepool, who has no previous convictions recorded against him, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency.
Mitigating, Ravi Khosla said his client was deeply ashamed and embarrassed about what he had done and apologised for any distress he caused the two women.
He said: “This was a one off, completely stupid incident, and it was a ridiculous thing to do. He was wearing underpants at the time.
“He’s very sorry, he’s remorseful and he’s extremely embarrassed to be before you today for such an offence.”
Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Janet Henderson sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £45 costs.