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‘No sexual motive’ involved for man who exposed his genitals to detention officer

Defence said his client had been arrested on breach of bail and had urinated in the cell after not being taken to the bathroom

A man who exposed his genitals to a civilian detention officer whilst in custody has been ordered to pay a fine of £250.

The 27-year-old’s barrister stated the act had been committed out of frustration and there had been “no sexual motive”.

Ibrahim Braima Sanha, of Garvaghy Road in Portadown, appeared for sentencing on one count of exposure at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on December 18, at 2.55pm, whilst in custody at Lurgan Police Station, the defendant was informed by a civilian detention officer that a search was to be conducted of his person.

The officer noted that Sanha was wearing tracksuit bottoms and asked him to change into custody clothing. At this point the defendant exposed his genitals and shouted at him.

Prosecution told court that the injured party was said to have been left distressed and embarrassed by the incident.

Defence barrister Damien Halloran stated that his client had been arrested on breach of bail and had urinated in the cell after not being taken to the bathroom.

Following this, he said that Sanha had exposed himself after being “frustrated at the position he found himself in”, adding that there was “no sexual motive” in the offence.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers commented that this was a “serious offence” for which the defendant could have been placed on the sexual offenders register.

She added: “There is no doubt that this would have been upsetting to the complainant in this case.”

Sanha was ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 10 weeks.

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