OAP flashed at teens on buses

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A PENSIONER caught flashing at teenage girls on the top decks of South Yorkshire buses told a judge he wished he was dead.

John Wilbraham, aged 69, was remanded in custody awaiting sentence after admitting boarding buses at Doncaster Interchange and exposing himself to adolescent girls on their way to Doncaster Dome.

Addressing Judge Peter Kelson QC at Sheffield Crown Court, Wilbraham said: “It’s the first time I’ve been inside and it has been one hell of a shock for me.

“Nothing like this will happen again because I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in prison.

“I’ve upset a lot of people and I just haven’t got the guts to kill myself – but I just wish I was dead. I can’t feel any worse than what I do now.

“I just wish I wasn’t here.”

Previously, Doncaster Crown Court was told the OAP travelled from his home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on three dates in January and February and got on the number 57 bus at the interchange.

In doing so he twice breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order imposed by a Nottingham court which banned him from using public transport.

Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting, said the first offence took place on the top deck when the defendant was sitting two seats behind four 13-year-old girls.

A fortnight later he got on the same bus and sat close to two 16-year-old girls who saw him repeating the act and moaning loudly while looking at them.

Adjourning the case, Judge Kelson said he wanted to speak to Wilbraham’s probation officer before he sentenced him and asked her to come to court.

He said the probation service had recommended Wilbraham be jailed for two years, adding: “It’s fairly disturbing that the probation service is just throwing in the towel and suggesting that I give him a two-year prison sentence – it just doesn’t feel right.

“He is going on 70, this is his first time inside, and I am not going to be pushed into it.”