Northern Ireland

Drunk serial flasher caught again

A serial flasher was caught with no trousers on less than a week after being sentenced for repeated indecent exposure, a court has heard.

Gary Boyle, 43, was wearing just a T-shirt when spotted by a woman on the Castlereagh Road, Belfast, on Tuesday.

Sentence was deferred for three months after he pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent exposure.

The offence occurred six days after he received 12 months probation for three similar counts earlier this year.

Boyle, of Wayland Street, Belfast, was said to be drunk and unaware of what he was doing.

He claimed to have been drinking heavily and on medication when he was arrested for the new offence.

The court was told he said to police: "I didn't intend to cause offence, I'm sorry."

A defence lawyer said it "was disappointing" for his client to be back in the dock again so soon.

The barrister said Boyle had been called names in the street and subjected to abusive graffiti since being sentenced last week.

"The one common denominator in what is extremely bizarre behaviour is the abuse and consumption of alcohol," he said.

It was suggested that Boyle could go to live in an approved hostel where drinking is banned.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall agreed to defer sentencing for the new offence for three months, on the basis that he would live under supervised conditions.

Mrs Bagnall added: "We can't allow this behaviour to continue." ends