Victor Garland jailed for indecent exposures
A man who exposed himself to three women – one of whom he attacked in broad daylight – has been sentenced to four years in jail.
Belfast Crown Court heard that on July 7, 2012, Victor Garland targeted a woman walking along Sydenham Avenue in the city. She was pulled to the ground by 31-year-old Garland from Glenluce Gardens, Belfast.
Judge Corinne Philpott QC told the court that "it is clear that his intention was to carry out a serious sexual assault".
After the woman turned into Dehra Grove, Garland – whose trousers were around his ankles – tried to get her on her back.
He attempted to pull her tracksuit bottoms down and snapped her bra strap.
Judge Philpott said this woman "suffered a trauma" and was "significantly upset by this attack".
The court heard Garland later told a probation officer that he was attracted to the woman and "experienced an uncontrollable urge".
He subsequently pleaded guilty to indecent exposure and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.
Garland also admitted three further charges of indecent exposure involving two victims.
On one occasion he was seen in a 50-year-old woman's garden, looking into her kitchen with his trousers partially down and performing a sex act.