Naked man not guilty of exposure

PUBLISHED: 16:27 28 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010

ELY man Mark Collin, who admitted walking around his home naked, has been found not guilty of intentionally exposing himself to a teenage neighbour. Collin had been accused of standing at the window of his home and showing his genitals to an 18-year-old g

ELY man Mark Collin, who admitted walking around his home naked, has been found not guilty of intentionally exposing himself to a teenage neighbour.

Collin had been accused of standing at the window of his home and showing his genitals to an 18-year-old girl who lived in a house at the back of his terraced home.

He admitted masturbating in the early hours of the morning, sitting at a computer in his daughter's bedroom -- but Ely magistrates were not convinced that he had intended 18-year-old Fiona Wilson to see him.

"There is not evidence that he knew she was present and that he was aware that she could see him," said presiding magistrate Johnny Kaye.

Miss Wilson told the trial how she had got ready for bed on July 29, after coming home around 11.30pm, and was on the landing of her home when she saw Collin naked at a window, looking at her and masturbating.

"I stood there for a few seconds in shock, then moved towards the bedroom, and he appeared to move, as if trying to maintain eye contact with me," she said. "I did not feel safe in my own home."

Last October Collin had been spoken to by the police regarding a similar incident, the court heard from prosecutor Matthew Bradbury.

Giving his evidence, Collin, of Welland Place, Ely, said he masturbated around 1am, and was not conscious of anyone being in the house that overlooked his home.

Solicitor John Aspinall said: "Watching soft porn and masturbating is not an offence in your own home, only if there is an intention to deliberately expose yourself to someone else.

"There is no doubt he had no intention of exposing himself to anyone, he did not see her in the house that day.

"He makes no secret of the fact that he sometimes walks around naked and watches soft porn.

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