Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week


Flasher Jailed

A Ballymoney man with an "extensive criminal record" for indecent exposure spanning over 25 years has been jailed for a further offense.

At Antrim Crown Court last week Samuel Matthew Shannon, 48, was sentenced to nine months in prison and nine months on probation for intentionally exposing his genitals to a woman.
The court heard that Shannon began offending in 1985 and would often frequent local beaches.

On July 2 of last year a woman saw Shannon standing outside the front of her property. She was made aware of his presence by her 11-year-old son who had been playing in the garden.

The injured party spoke to the defendant who made various comments to her which became suggestive such as, "What are you doing tonight?"

The prosecution said Shannon "moved matters to another level" when he removed his genitals from his trousers and carried out a sexual act.

The court heard that the injured party did not know the man and pointed out in her statement that she was "frightened and wanted the matter to be dealt with by police."

The prosecution explained that police "had a reasonably good idea as to who it might have been."
It was pointed out in court that Shannon had an "extremely extensive criminal record" for matters involving indecent exposure and occasions of indecent assault. The first entry in his record dates back to 1985, and the last entry related to two counts of indecent exposure on June 25, 2006.

Shannon's defense said he had been interviewed by police on two occasions and submitted a prepared statement in which he "fully admitted his guilt and apologized for his actions."

The defense solicitor continued, "This was a spontaneous offence, without planning. He was never in any close proximity to the injured party and never made any movement towards her. He does desire to seek help to reduce his risk of further offending."

Judge Corinne Philpott described it as a "disgusting offense."
- Ballymoney Chronicle

Dumb Dump

A man who gave police the wrong name after “taking a dump” outside a shopping centre has been fined.

Robert Browne, of Hollymount Park, pleaded guilty to obstructing police on May 25, 2010.

Derry Magistrates Court heard police were called to the Orchard Street entrance of Foyleside Shopping Center because a man had defecated outside it.

Police stopped the 24-year-old on the Craigavon Bridge and he said, “Sorry for the inconvenience. I did a dump outside Foyleside.”  Browne then gave his brother’s name to police.

Defense solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client is “entirely embarrassed by what he did and that’s why he gave a false name.”

Fining Browne £150, District Judge Barney McElholm said there was “no defense for what he did.”
- Derry Journal