Metro pervert who ‘horrified’ passengers with sex acts is jailed

Gary Norman
Gary Norman
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A sex offender who “horrified” passengers by performing sex acts on himself on Metro trains has been jailed.

Gary Norman exposed himself to two women and a teenage girl during a return journey from Sunderland to Regent Centre in February.

The Tyne & Wear Metro system.

The Tyne & Wear Metro system.

At the time of the offences, he as on bail for showing his private parts to a woman waiting for a bus at Park Lane interchange in Sunderland last November.

The 42-year-old, of Barclay Street, Sunderland, has previous convictions for sexual offences, including exposure.

At Newcastle Crown Court Judge Penny Moreland sentenced him to 18 months behind bars and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.

He must abide by the terms of a sexual harm prevention order for life.

He was in a hostel and when it became known by others what his offending history was, his life became very difficult indeed for him, he was hounded out.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins

The judge told him: “Your position is aggravated by your previous convictions for similar behaviour.”

The court heard the first Metro victim was making her way home from work when Norman started staring and then sat directly opposite her, leaving her “concerned and frightened”.

Prosecutor Tim Gittins said the woman was then “horrified” to realise Norman was exposing and touching himself, so stood up and loudly announced to other passengers what she had seen.

Mr Gittins said: “She moved onto another carriage, taking with her a young girl who was sitting nearby.”

Park Lane Bus and Metro Interchange.

Park Lane Bus and Metro Interchange.

The court heard when the train terminated at Regent Centre, Norman crossed to the opposite platform and go the next train back to Sunderland.

This time, when his next victim realised what he was doing to himself, she sent a text to her boyfriend telling him to alert the police.

During the journey, Norman also repeated his behaviour in front of a 14-year-old passenger, who got on the train with her friends.

Mr Gittins added: “Because of the woman passenger’s alert behaviour in contacting her boyfriend, the police were waiting for the defendant when he got to Sunderland and he was arrested.”

Norman claimed he had been using the trains to keep warm because he had been evicted.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of exposure and one of sexual activity in the presence of a child in relation to the Metro behaviour.

He also admitted exposing himself to the woman at Park Lane bus station last November.

Andrew Walker, defending, said Norman has a complex, long term history of problems including agoraphobia, eating disorders, depression, alcohol dependence and drunken exhibitionism.

Mr Walker said: “He was in a hostel and when it became known by others what his offending history was, his life became very difficult indeed for him, he was hounded out.

“He became homeless, the drinking started and as a consequence this offending took place. “