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Judge's warning to Co Antrim man who exposed himself at window

By Nevin Farrell

A man who previously lived in England - and who exposed himself at the window of his Co Antrim home in front of passers-by - believed people were "much more liberal in London than the residents of Portglenone", a court has heard.

George Keyes (57), of Gortgole Fold in the village, pleaded guilty at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday to two charges of intentionally exposing himself, intending that someone would witness it "and be caused alarm or distress".

Keyes had previously denied the charges at an earlier court hearing.

The offences happened on the weekend of May 27 and 28 this year.

A prosecutor told the court that on Saturday, May 27 two females observed the defendant standing fully naked at the front window of his home before he leaned on a window ledge and then stretched his hands behind his head.

The witnesses believed Keyes was aware of the women's presence.

The next day, according to a prosecutor, a woman and her husband saw Keyes completely naked at his window.

When arrested, the defendant said he was alone and after taking a shower he would normally have put on a robe.

But instead he had walked through his house naked as it was a "very hot day".

Mr Law said Keyes lived in London for a time and said the case had impacted upon his client.

"The local community have been very difficult with him following the revelations," said the barrister, who said Keyes' Fold home could now be "in jeopardy".

Mr Law added his client believed people were "much more liberal in London than the residents of Portglenone".

Deputy District Judge Peter Magill said he had been persuaded that it was not the normal case of a defendant perhaps getting some sort of "perverse gratification" out of such incidents.

He gave Keyes a two-year conditional discharge, but warned him if there was a repeat the court "will view it in a much more serious fashion".

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