Stamford

Warrant issued for man who exposed himself in Stamford

A judge has issued a warrant for a Stamford man who claimed he was too ill to attend court.

Christopher Tilley, 52, had been summoned to appear before Lincoln Crown Court after he breached a community order imposed for exposing himself at Stamford leisure centre.

But Tilley failed to appear at the court on Monday, July 3 after claiming he was ill and short of money.

His barrister, Chris Jeyes, told the court: “Mr Tilley is not here. He contacted us late on Friday and said he was unable to attend partly due to ill health. I don’t have a medical certificate but will be able to provide one.

“He also said he was short of money and would be in a better position to attend on 12 July.”

Tilley, of Edmund Close, Stamford, was given a three year community order in February this year after a judge decided a community sentence would offer a better chance of stopping him from re-offending than a short jail sentence.

As part of the sentence Tilley was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which bans him from going to the changing areas of public leisure centres and gyms.

The court heard Tilley was spotted by parents acting suspiciously on two visits to Stamford leisure centre in front of children as young as five-years-old.

Tilley admitted two charges of exposure on July 16 and 23 last year after he was seen sitting naked in the changing rooms for 15 minutes despite plenty of cubicles being free.

One girl also complained to a parent that Tilley “kept looking at her”.

When interviewed by police Tilley denied he was exposing himself for sexual gratification and said he was taking medication.

But the court hearing in February was told Tilley now recognised it was unpleasant behaviour and would welcome rehabilitation.

The court heard Tilley was also jailed for ten months in 2015 after he admitted three offences of exposure.

Recorder Paul Mann QC issued a warrant for Tilley to be produced at Lincoln Crown Court on a date to be fixed.