Exeter suspenders man jailed for indecent exposure

A man has been jailed for walking through a city centre wearing only pink suspenders and an Alice band.

Malcolm King was seen striding down Exeter's main shopping street nearly naked, the city's crown court heard.

King was on prison licence after being released early from a sentence for going into a McDonald's wearing only a blonde wig, sandals and pink gloves.

King, 56, of Paradise Place, Plymouth, admitted indecent exposure and was jailed for three months.

Jonathan Barnes, prosecuting, said on 17 March CCTV operators in Exeter alerted police to King, who was seen nearly naked in Queen Street, close to Central Station.

Refused entry

He said: "He was walking towards the High Street utterly naked apart from a bright pink Alice band on his head and a white and pink suspender belt which left his private parts exposed.

"He can be seen on the CCTV to walk to Tesco where he tried to get in and was refused entry. This was at 9.30 pm in the evening and there were a few people about.

"He walked down the High Street towards Boots. The arresting officers spoke of women showing signs of distress but the CCTV shows the few people who were about to have paid remarkably little attention."

King later said he did not know what he was doing because he had drunk a pint of cider in a pub which made him lose control of himself.

He was not represented but said he had only started offending when he was 54 and was keen to work with the probation service.

Judge Graham Cottle said: "I would like to be able to explore why your life has started to unravel after many years of being a law-abiding citizen."

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