Ex-Premier League footballer who flashed woman and daughter 16, as well as masturbated in front of them, avoids jail

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Former Premier League football player Neil Shipperley, who admitted flashing his private parts  to a mother and her 16-year-old daughter, has avoided a jail term and stayed out of prison over Christmas.

The 45-year-old, who played for several clubs including Chelsea and Crystal Palace, showed his genitals and masturbated in front of the pair as he drove alongside them in west London in September, a court heard.

Prosecutor for CPS Shaan Sethi told Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court that Shipperley had wound his window down and stopped his van near them.

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He said the woman and her daughter had turned to thank Shipperley for letting them cross the road, but then noticed that “he was holding his penis in his hand and staring directly at them”.

The court heard they walked away, but Shipperley carried on following them.


Mr Sethi said: “He continued to stare at the two women this time while masturbating” – adding that the pair tried to take a photo of his number plate.

“While the mother was on the phone to the police, they saw the defendant had parked himself between two buses further down the street, again staring at the two while masturbating.”


The court was told the mother and daughter walked away, but Shipperley continued following them.

 

 A victim impact statements read to the court where she said: “Some people may see flashers as pests or a nuisance to society, my view of Neil Shipperley is as a predator.

“His aim was to intimidate us, to violate us, to shock us and to scare us.”

She added: “My 16-year-old daughter was horrified and kept asking me ‘mum what would have happened if I was on my own and you weren’t with me’?”.

Shipperley was given a community order, which includes a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement, he must also complete 120 hours’ unpaid work.

He has also been told to pay a £90 victim surcharge, £85 in costs and £200 in compensation.

He is subject to a five-year sexual offences notification requirement order and must report to Hayes police station within three days.




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