Park sex act man admits doing it before

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 January 2016

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An Exmouth pensioner who touched himself in front of two teenage girls in a city park confessed to police he had done it before.

Brian Bellamy, 81, of Salterton Road, has been sent on a sex offenders’ course after he admitted committing an act of outraging public decency.

Exeter magistrates imposed a two-year community order with a sex offenders’ programme and banned him from the park for two years.

Bellamy had to pay £145 court costs, but no compensation order was made to the victims.

The court heard how the 81-year-old committed a sex act in front two girls as he sat on a rock in Northernhay Gardens, Exeter, last August.

Bellamy later told police it was not the first time he had done it.

He could not explain to officers why he did it, but said it was not sexually motivated.

The court heard how the two 16-year-old girls had been sheltering from rain under a tree in the park.

They saw Bellamy walking up and down before he sat on a rock and commenced the sex act. The girls ran off screaming.

Bellamy told the court he was disgusted with himself and had not intended to cause the girls distress.

His lawyer, Caroline Salvatore, said: “It is often the case that people who behave in a sexually unacceptable fashion are people who have, in turn, been victims themselves. This is entirely true of Mr Bellamy.”

She said Bellamy had only now revealed lifelong scars of a fractured and abusive childhood – even to his wife of 52 years.

Miss Salvatore said his ‘life was in tatters’ and he was in ‘an emotionally very poor state’.


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