Man 'flashed' at girls on train - court

A FORMER tour guide “flashed” at three girls on a train travelling between Felixstowe and Ipswich, it has been alleged.

A FORMER tour guide “flashed” at three girls on a train travelling between Felixstowe and Ipswich, it has been alleged.

Jayson Roper, 36, was returning to Ipswich from an afternoon trip to the seaside resort with a work colleague in May when the alleged incident took place, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Roper allegedly exposed his penis to three girls aged 15 and 16 causing them to scream, said Peter Gair, prosecuting.

The three girls didn't report the incident to the police but another group of teenagers who saw what happened complained to a conductor and British Transport Police when they got off the train at Ipswich.

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Roper, of Back Hamlet, Ipswich, has denied indecent exposure on May 10.

A 14-year-old girl who witnessed the alleged incident told the court that she was on an early evening train travelling between Felixstowe and Ipswich when she noticed two men talking loudly and behaving in a boisterous way.

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During the journey she saw one of the men, who appeared drunk, talking to a group of girls and shortly afterwards heard screaming.

When she turned round she allegedly she saw the man had his penis out in front of the girls and this had gone on for between two and three minutes.

She said the girls had been leaning away from the man and the incident had taken place in front of other people sitting and standing in that part of the single carriage train.

“Everyone looked a bit shocked,” said the girl.

“He was drunk and acting in a boisterous manner. You could tell by the way he was talking and acting,” she said.

She said the man had then covered himself up and had stretched out across the girls in his boxer shorts with his trousers round his ankles.

Giving evidence, Roper told the court that in May he had an engineering job in Ipswich but had previously worked in the Canary Islands for six years as a tour guide.

On the day in question he and a work colleague had decided on the spur of the moment to go to Felixstowe for the afternoon and he had consumed about six pints of lager.

He said he had been “merry and in good spirits but not drunk” and had not left his seat during the journey back to Ipswich.

He said there were a number of teenagers on the train and he had heard general screaming and shouting but not any piercing screams.

He denied exposing his penis to the girls.

The trial continues today.

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