Man who exposed himself to woman and 'asked for sexual favours' in Bangor is given a suspended jail term

Man who exposed himself to woman and 'asked for sexual favours' in Bangor is given a suspended jail term

A MAN who exposed himself to a woman when he was living in Bangor has been given a suspended jail sentence and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

Martin Ward (47), now with an address listed as Downe Close in Downpatrick, was sentenced regarding a charge that he 'intentionally exposed your genitals intending that ... would see them and be caused alarm or distress'.

The incident happened in July, 2020.

In the autumn of that year he caused criminal damage to a letterbox and bicycle belonging to the woman.

The defendant appeared via a video link from prison at Newtownards Magistrates Court (main picture) for sentencing on the three charges.

A prosecutor said a woman said Ward had exposed himself to her and "asked for sexual favours".

The court heard the woman had "ongoing issues" with Ward and "repeatedly rejected his advances".

A defence lawyer said alcohol was the "root of all his difficulties".

Ward had been convicted of the charges after a previous contest and the defence lawyer said the defendant "continues to deny his involvement".

District Judge Mark Hamill said it was an "outrageous exposure case in the context of asking for sexual favours".

Ward was given a ten months prison sentence, suspended for three years.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for seven years.

Judge Hamill said: "Make sure that is signed before this man is ever released. The object of the exercise is to protect women from him".

The defendant had bail in the sum of £400 fixed for appeal.

As part of the bail he he is barred from Bangor and is to have no contact with the woman.