Rushden burglar jailed after exposing himself to victim

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A man who exposed himself to a woman after she found him in her kitchen has been sent to prison for 21 months.

Conan Freeman, 26, from Grove Road in Rushden, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Friday where he was sentenced for burglary and exposing himself during the incident which took place in n April last year.

Freeman was also sentenced for exposing himself to two more women in or near Rushden Cemetery on a date in June last year.

The court was told that Freeman was schizophrenic, but had not been diagnosed at the time of the incidents.

During the April incident, a woman who was alone at home heard a noise, and when she investigated found Freeman in her kitchen.

Prosecution barrister Mark van der Zwart said the victim managed to get Freeman to leave, but he kicked the back door and dropped his trousers, exposing himself to her.

The victim fled to a neighbour’s house and called the police, who arrested Freeman soon after.

Afterwards, the victim said she had been left in a state of shock and the incident had affected her both mentally and physically.

In the June incidents, the victims were walking in or near Rushden Cemetery when Freeman exposed himself to them, while he was still on bail for the original offence some.

One of the victims had told officers that Freeman appeared to find the incident funny, but that she felt he needed help rather than prison.

There was a dispute in court on Friday as to whether Freeman had deliberately targeted the first victim, which would result in a longer prison sentence.

After hearing evidence from a probation officer and both the prosecution and defence barrister, Recorder Adrienne Lucking QC said she felt he had.

Sending Freeman to prison, she added: “You have demonstrated remorse and a determination to address your behaviour.”