Persistent flasher warned he will die in jail

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A PENSIONER has been warned he will die in prison if he persists in flashing at teenage girls on buses.

The stark warning was issued by a Doncaster Crown Court judge who gave John Wilbraham a three year community order because of his age and having served the equivalent of six months prison term while on remand.

The 69-year-old from Mansfield was arrested at Doncaster Interchange after being recognised as a passenger who had twice exposed himself to girls on buses travelling to The Dome in January and February, which he admitted.

Probation officers had suggested a custodial sentence but Judge Peter Kelson, QC, asked them to look at the case again.

When Wilbraham appeared again yesterday, the judge said the court had been “bending over backwards to help” him with his deep-seated problem.

He went on: “I have taken a merciful course, given your age, but I am going to reserve any breaches of this order to myself.

“If you break this order I will send you to prison for as long as I can, I won’t think twice about it, without any feeling of mercy or compassion, even if you die in prison. This, therefore, is your last chance.”

The community order will force the defendant to attend a sexual offending programme

Wilbraham is still prohibited from travelling on any buses and the court ordered him to catch a train to get home after being released.