Serial flasher case is put back by judge

The sentencing of a Ripley man found guilty of five counts of indecent exposure in the town was postponed this week at the direction of the judge.

Ashley John Shaw, 41, of Heage Road, exposed parts of his body to women - and on two occasions children - while jogging near his home wearing women’s shorts during May of last year.

The prosecution case had it that Shaw deliberately wore clothing that he knew was likely to cause alarm and distress - even though he maintained that the tight black Tesco brand ‘knickers’ were suitable for cycling and jogging.

He was due to be sentenced on Friday at Nottingham Crown Court, but the date has been moved back to Friday, May 17.

A court official only stated that this decision was a result of judge Andrew Hamilton’s ‘direction’.

Shaw is currently on bail on the condition he signs the Sex Offender Register, does not go out jogging and sleeps every night at his home on Heage Road.

He was also asked to comply with a series of reports to assess his mental state.

The charges related to five separate incidents on May 3, 9 and 11 in which five witnesses saw Shaw running in the shorts. On three of those occasions he actively pulled them up to reveal private parts of his body.

Shaw was convicted by a jury in March and was told he could face a custodial sentence.