Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Postman flashed at passing motorists as he mowed his lawn

A postman stood in his garden with no trousers or underpants on and flashed at passing cars. Andrew Thomson, 44, exposed himself by lifting his arms so his T-shirt would ride up above his waist. Thomson claimed he had innocently decided to mow his lawn without any trousers on last summer but had definitely been wearing underpants.

But a sheriff believed witnesses and found him guilty of indecently breaching the peace. Thomson stood outside his house near Pitlochry, Perthshire, on August 9 last year and flashed at drivers on the Pitlochry to Tummel Bridge road. A number of witnesses, including at least one woman, saw his private parts.

Robbie Brown, prosecuting, told Perth Sheriff Court that the witnesses “saw a man without trousers on and he was a man who didn’t appear to have underpants on”. He added: “The only issue is whether or not he was in fact wearing any underpants and they thought he was not. The witnesses were adamant about what they saw.”

Thomson’s lawyer, Rosemary Scott, said her client was “quite clear he was wearing underpants”. It was for the court to decide whose evidence was reliable. Sheriff Fiona Tait said: “I have had the benefit of assessing all of the evidence. I may say that I found all three Crown witnesses to be impressive. They didn’t seem to me to have colluded. I am satisfied the Crown has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.” She deferred sentence for a social work report and for a risk assessment.

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