Flasher masturbated at woman after recent prison term for exposing himself at a child

A repeat sex offender has been jailed after he broke court conditions by masturbating in front of a woman on a South London train.

Bobby Garande, 28, appeared in Croydon Crown Court today (Friday, January 28) for breaching a criminal behaviour order issued by the same court in September 2020.

On that occasion he had exposed himself to a woman on the number 50 bus from Croydon to Norbury while two children were sitting opposite him.

Judge Peter Gower QC jailed him for 16-weeks and issued an order specifically banning him touching his crotch area or exposing himself while on public transport.

READ MORE: Thornton Heath man jailed for exposing himself to children on London bus in Croydon

However, at around 1pm on November 12 last year a retired woman boarded a Thameslink train and noticed Garande smiling at her.

Garande was peering through a gap in the seats while fondling his crotch with his hands down his trousers, Prosecutor Victoria Lovett told the court.

He then leaned through the gap to look her in the eyes and put his hand down his top to stroke himself.

The panicked woman stood up and took her phone out to take a photo before calling her son, who told her to phone police.

Garande continued to touch himself after she had sat back down on her seat.

As the train arrived at Bromley South she got off and went straight to the security office, followed off the train by the defendant who hid under the stairs at the station.

The woman bravely pursued Garande, with the help of security staff, and he was arrested while he tried to run onto a train.

Garande hid under the stairs at Bromley South while the victim informed security

The woman’s victim statement was read out in court as she explained how the incident had affected her.

“I’m not able to leave the house unless I’m with somebody. I have to double check every lock in the house or I can’t sleep,” she said.

“My sleep is affected and when I close my eyes I see the defendant and what he’s doing on the train.”

Ms Lovett told the court that Garande, who is from Thornton Heath, has around 20 criminal offences, nine of which are for sexual offences.

Defence counsel Lee Anyene told Judge Gower that Garande had been masturbating before the woman boarded the train, and that he didn’t specifically target her.

Mr Anyene also argued that his client’s mental health had previously been overlooked by the courts.

He said Garande was made homeless in 2016 and had been admitted for psychiatric treatment numerous times.

He added that Garande was intent not to commit these crimes, having now spent time in prison after his arrest.

“He tells me he’s grown from the time he’s been inside,” Mr Anyene said.

“He’s experienced being treated as a sexual offender, which he doesn’t like.”

Mr Anyene added: ” There wouldn’t be anything for society to gain from punishing homeless people.”

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Sentencing Garande, Judge Gower told him: “On November 12 you made eye contact with a retired woman on a train while at the same time touching your crotch area under you clothing and masturbating while looking at her.

“I take this as a very serious breach, because you were doing exactly what the order forbids.”

He added: “It is impossible to escape that you did what you did to be in the view of the woman.”

Garande was sentenced to 27 months in prison, of which he will serve up to half before he can be released on licence.

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