Wearside flasher left OAP victim so sickened that she vomited

Philip Brown (right)
Philip Brown (right)
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A flasher left an elderly lady so sickened she went home and vomited after he exposed his genitals to her in the street.

The 69-year-old victim, who describes herself as “vulnerable”, was targeted by pervert Phillip Brown, 23, while walking in Houghton on August 13.

She was the second elderly woman to fall prey to Brown’s behaviour in just one day, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Janice Bellamy, said: “Having been to the doctor’s, she started walking home at 10am. She was almost at her home, she was carrying three bags of shopping. There was no one else in the street, when a grey car pulled up next to her.

“There was a male in the driver’s seat and no one else in the car. The male said to her ‘I can give you and your bags a lift home if you can do something with this’.”

Mrs Bellamy said Brown had his hands in his lap and exposed his genitals to the lady. “She immediately walked away,” she said.  

“She was scared to go to her house, nearby, because she didn’t want him to know where she lived. She said ‘go away’ and the male sped off. The injured party said ‘I went home and I immediately went to the bathroom to vomit because I was so shocked, I was scared’.”

In a victim statement, read in court, the OAP said: “I’m a vulnerable, elderly female who lives alone and this has scared me a lot. I am frightened to go out.”

The woman reported the incident to the police.

“He has a caution for the same offence on the same day, which involved a different elderly female,” Mrs Bellamy said.

In his police interview, Brown said he copied behaviour he’d seen on internet sites. “They seem to like it,” he told officers, adding he had smoked a lot of cannabis at the time.

Brown told police he was “very sorry”, but he had got a thrill from it at the time, Mrs Bellamy added.

Had Brown been charged with the second exposure, which happened in “exactly the same circumstances”, rather than accepting a caution, he would have faced a more serious sentence, she said.

Brown, of Marne Street, Shiney Row, pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals with the intention of causing alarm or distress. He has no previous convictions.

Susan Grey, defending, said: “This is a 23-year-old man in full-time employment and lives with his partner and children. This was one day that has turned his and his family’s lives upside down.”

Mrs Grey said he’d been suffering a nervous breakdown at the time. “He is extremely low,” she said. “He’s got himself into a state, whereby his release has been to go out and do the acts you have heard of. He is desperately ashamed of himself.”

Mrs Grey said Brown has sought help for his mental health problems and is signed off work on the sick, and had been adversely affected by publicity surrounding the case.

He was sentenced to a nine-month community order with 40 days’ specified activity. He will not be required to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register due to the limited length of the sentence.

He was told to pay £150 in compensation to the victim, a £60 surcharge and £180 criminal courts charge.