Indecent exposure

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A man who pleasured himself in front of his neighbour will be sentenced next month.

John Michael Roney, aged 67, of 16 Cara View, Tayinloan, appeared in Campbeltown Sheriff Court from custody and pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing his genitals in a sexual manner and masturbating in his garden on June 23.

He also admitted removing fence panels between his garden and a neighbour’s with the intention that the neighbour would see him.

Procurator fiscal depute, Eoin McGinty, told the court that at 4pm on the day in question, Roney’s neighbour went into her back garden as it was a nice evening.

She noticed Roney in his back garden and thought he was wearing only a T-shirt.

She went back into her house and later, looking out of her window, she could see that Roney was completely naked and masturbating, directing himself towards her.

Mr McGinty said: ‘He was standing in full view, in front of the sections of panels that were missing.’

The neighbour, who was in a state of shock, left her house and when she returned at around 8pm, the fence panels had returned.

The next day, the neighbour phoned the police and Roney was detained.

Defence solicitor Stephen MacSporran, who said Roney often goes into his garden partially or fully naked, asked for sentence to be deferred for psychiatric reports.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes deferred sentence until July 26 for a criminal justice social work report, a restriction of liberty order assessment and a psychiatric report.

He granted bail on the condition that Roney does not go into his garden unless he is fully clothed, and does not contact his neighbour.