Banned ball collector ‘flashed’ at woman

Jenny Yu
By Jenny Yu December 17, 2011 10:28

Banned ball collector ‘flashed’ at woman

A man banned from Stoneyhome Golf Club in Cumbria for trespassing, threatening staff and spitting at a warden has admitted he exposed himself to a woman at the club earlier this year.

Kevin Purdham, 50, who has for years collected balls at the course and sold them to golfers, was at the course in June while a 39-year-old woman was jogging along it. She claims she saw him unzip his trousers, and, as she got nearer, he turned around to face her, exposing himself. An under-18 golf tournament was taking place on the course at the time.

He initially denied intentionally exposing his genitals intending to cause alarm or distress but changed his plea before the trial, currently ongoing in Carlisle, was due to start. His defence lawyer said that Mr Purdham was urinating and may have exposed himself as he was in a drunken state. Purdham told police – who were called by officials at the club – at the time that he had drunk eight cans of strong alcohol and was depressed about the recent death of his mother.

Mr Purdham has been ordered at least twice by magistrates to stay away from the club. In 2000 he was imprisoned for trespassing and threatening staff, and in 2003 he was fined for spitting at a warden who caught him with a bag of lost balls he had collected. The club maintains he is not welcome there.

Sentencing has been adjourned until January 9.

Jenny Yu
By Jenny Yu December 17, 2011 10:28
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