Man, 32, exposed himself at living room window

A man has been found guilty of exposing himself at his living room window.

Kevin Taylor, of Morgan Street, had denied committing public indecency offences on four occasions in July.

The 32-year-old had claimed in his defence that he was unaware people could see him.

But after a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court (pictured) he was found guilty.

Four witnesses gave evidence saying that they had each seen Taylor at the window on separate occasions.

One witness claimed he could see Taylor naked from another property, telling the court Taylor had been cleaning his windows in the middle of the afternoon with no clothes on.

Another witness said two children had been present when Taylor was seen naked at the window.

Taylor’s defence solicitor Larry Flynn claimed the Crown had to prove the “mens rea” — that Taylor intended to be seen.

He told the court: “The Crown has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that there were offences of public indecency but as you are aware the incident occurred in the accused’s own house.

“That makes the Crown’s case harder to prove.”

However, fiscal depute Stewart Duncan, prosecuting, said: “He has been charged with public indecency.

“The mens rea is either he intended to be seen or there was reckless indifference to being seen.

“By standing in a ground-floor flat at the window, the accused was recklessly indifferent as to whether he was observed.

“He was observed by members of the public so the essential parts of the charge have been proven. The locus may have been a private place but he was easily visible to members of the public at street level including people getting out of cars.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC found Taylor guilty of the offence.

His not guilty pleas to two similar allegations were accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff Drummond said: “In my view if you stand at a window of your home there is every likelihood you will be seen by the public.

“You were seen by four members of the public at different times. In my opinion there was mens rea.”

Sentence was deferred for a criminal justice social work report to be completed and Taylor was granted bail.

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