The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 May 2006

I suppose I should feel better

A fiftysomething Welsh woman has been cleared of an indecent-exposure charge after a male neighbor videotaped her sunbathing nude in her back yard and took the tape to the police.

The magistrates ruled that she did not intend to cause "harm or distress" and dismissed the charge; the woman said she was relieved by the ruling, and was planning to move to another presumably less-prudish neighborhood.

What strikes me as odd about this is that the incident, as it were, took place last July: it took them ten months to rule on this case? And I thought American courts were overloaded.

(Via Fark.com.)

Posted at 6:00 PM to Birthday Suitable


I'm sure the judge was just being thorough in examining the evidence...

Posted by: McGehee at 10:17 PM on 25 May 2006

Indeed.

Incidentally, the Beeb has posted segments (blacked out as "necessary") of the video as aired on BBC-TV; the television report suggests that there were a couple of instances where the lady in question actually ventured out of her garden, and it was one of those instances which suggested to the neighbor that maybe he should bring out the camcorder.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:35 AM on 26 May 2006

I'm pretty sure that in the US we'd have prosecuted the movie-maker as a peeping tom.
:)

Posted by: aka_monty at 8:38 PM on 26 May 2006