Dooley in dock for indecency

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Derek Dooley (grandson),
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THE grandson of Sheffield footballing legend Derek Dooley has been convicted of exposing himself to a woman out for an evening walk.

Dooley, aged 22 - who shares the same name as his famous grandfather - exposed himself to the lady while in his car on Broadfield Road in Heeley.

His shocked victim said Dooley, of Meadowhead Road, Meadowhead, circled around her in his vehicle before parking up ahead of her and ‘performing a lewd act’.

In a letter to The Star, which we publish in full on page 14, the woman criticised the lenient sentence Dooley received and said that she is now too scared to take her dog out in the evening.

It is the second time this year that Dooley has been convicted of an offence at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court. In January he was found guilty of threatening behaviour for joining in with a group of rioting Owls fans when Sheffield Wednesday were relegated in May 2010.

He was caught by CCTV ‘mouthing at the police’, then picking up a rock and smashing it onto the tram tracks in Middlewood Road, Hillsborough.

Dooley was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work by next January, and pay £775 towards court costs, but he was spared a football banning order after magistrates were handed a sheaf of glowing references - including one from the Sheffield United chairman, a role his late grandfather held until 1996.

Dooley has now been handed a £100 fine for the indecent exposure, plus £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The incident on July 10 happened at around 9.30pm. His victim gave a description of the man and his car registration number to police, who tracked him down later that evening.

In January magistrates ruled Dooley made members of the public fear for their safety during a face-off with police on May 2 last year.

The court heard Dooley, who aspires to be a football coach, invaded the pitch with 150 other Wednesday fans after his team’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

But he wasn’t involved in a mass brawl which developed between rival fans on the pitch and voluntarily left the field when ordered to do so by a steward.

Dooley then became involved in the stand-off on Middlewood Road later in the afternoon.

His grandfather was a prolific goalscorer for the Owls in the early 1950s, and in 2003 he was awarded an MBE.