Man jailed after being caught with his trousers around his knees in Leeds park close to where children were playing

A man who was caught with his trousers around his knees in the bushes of a Leeds public park where children were playing has been locked up.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 16th October 2020, 9:58 am

Andrew Siberry was caught by a horrified woman in the shrubs of Barley Hill Road Park in Garforth.

The 56-year-old had initially denied outraging public decency by exposing himself and was expected to stand trial, but altered his plea to guilty following an appearance at Leeds Magistrates' Court in August.

He appeared again on Wednesday (October 14) for sentencing where he was handed a 10-week jail term.

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Barley Hill Road Park, Garforth

Magistrates said it warranted a custodial sentence because it took place in a children's play park. He was also ordered to pay £515 in court costs.

Siberry had said he had gone into the undergrowth on the afternoon of August 21 last year just to urinate, saying he was suffering from urinary bowel incontinence.

The court had heard that Siberry had been sitting alone on the bench in the play park.

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When he got up to walk into the bushes one of the women followed him because of his odd behaviour.

She then saw Siberry from behind with his trousers down by his knees and peering over the top of the bushes.

She said she saw his right arm "moving rapidly".

When challenged he told her he was "just having a wee".

As Siberry went to leave the park the woman took a photo of him and contacted the police.

Andrew Vickers, mitigating, told the court during Siberry's August court appearance : “This is a very unusual offence.”

"Mr Siberry has never disputed 95 per cent of the facts in this case.

"He did expose himself, although nobody actually saw him other than the witness who saw him from behind.

"If you outrage public decency, causing two or more people to be alarmed by obscene behaviour, then you are guilty of the offence.

"Mr Siberry has reflected on his position, that's why he has pleaded guilty."

Siberry, of Greensway, Garforth, had not previously been in trouble until last summer when he admitted multiple charges of stealing baby milk worth over £1,300 from various

supermarkets, and a charge of making off without payment from a petrol station.

He was eventually jailed for 25 weeks in September after breaching the suspended sentence he received by committing further thefts.