Flasher jailed after train incident

A SUFFOLK flasher has been jailed for exposing himself to a young woman on a train.

A SUFFOLK flasher has been jailed for exposing himself to a young woman on a train.

Jonathan Baigent “shocked and upset” the 22-year-old travelling on a train between London and Beccles by exposing himself while he sat opposite her.

Baigent, 32, had a history of sexual misconduct Ipswich Crown Court heard and had an anti-social behaviour order preventing him from using sexual language or gestures towards any female.

Naomi Turner, prosecuting, said the woman had been sitting alone on November 6 last year playing a computer game when she realised Baigent had sat down opposite her. She the realised he had exposed himself.

Mrs Turner said: “She was shocked, very upset and angry about what she had seen. It made her feel vulnerable travelling alone.”

Baigent, of no fixed address, told police he had been “fiddling with his shirt and she may have seen it through his boxer shorts”.

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The court heard that South East Suffolk Magistrates' made a two year ASBO in 2007 and he was jailed for two years for engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13-years-old. In August 2008 he breached the ASBO and Baigent admitted breaching it again on the train in November.

David Baird, mitigating, said his client had described it as an “opportunistic offence”. He added: “He is extremely sorry.”

Judge Neil McKittrick said: “This offence was aggravated because it was on a train, because it was a confined place and this woman was stuck there. I have no doubt you picked your place, your time and you picked your victim.”

Baigent was sent to prison for 18 months.

A new ASBO was made for two years from his release date under the same conditions as before.