Women Who Were Shown Pornography By Man In Car Are Awarded Compensation

TWO women who were shown pornography by a kerb crawler in Ely were each awarded �100 compensation by magistrates this week. And the man who displayed the sexually explicit material was ordered to take part in the Thames Valley Sex Offender programme. At a

TWO women who were shown pornography by a kerb crawler in Ely were each awarded �100 compensation by magistrates this week.

And the man who displayed the sexually explicit material was ordered to take part in the Thames Valley Sex Offender programme.

At an earlier hearing before city magistrates, Dean Purcell, 26, of Bevills Close, Doddington, had admitted two charges of intentionally showing the pictures with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Purcell's first victim was walking along Downham Road when he drove past her a number of times in a Peugeot estate car on March 23.


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"She noticed he had something in his hand, and thought it was a map," said prosecutor Laura Mardell. "He leant across his car towards her, and she realised he was holding a pornographic magazine, and showed her sexually explicit pictures. She was shaken up by the incident."

A few minutes later, a woman walking in St John's Road saw Purcell's car, and noticed he had something on his lap.

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"He wound down the window and said "excuse me," she took a step towards the car and he picked up the pornographic magazine and showed her sexually explicit pictures. She felt shocked and scared, and a very stressed," added Miss Mardell.

When arrested, Purcell said he had shown the pictures "for a laugh".

Representing the probation service, Maxine Bailey told the court: "He did feel bad for the victims, and ashamed of what he had done."

Purcell was given a two-year supervision order and must pay �60 court costs.

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