A woman has been awarded £100 compensation after she caught a driver masturbating as she was walking her dog along a millionaire’s row.
The young woman spotted Rhys Jones at the wheel of his vehicle after he parked in an entrance to a farmer’s field in Cheshire.
During the incident, Jones, 26, was seen moving his hand “quickly and up down”.
He was said to have shown no signs of embarrassment – even when the woman, aged in her 20s, knocked on his driver’s side window and told him to stop.
He eventually drove off when she walked away in disgust.
The woman said she was ”shocked and angry” following the encounter in the lakeside village of Mere, near Knutsford, which is home to streets among the 50 most expensive in the UK.
In a statement to police, the victim said: ”This is something I have never experienced before and I was deeply shocked. I still cannot forget his face as he seemed unreal and like he wasn’t human.
“I didn’t feel safe walking outside my home for some time and was too scared to go out in case he would return.
“If it wasn’t for his reaction I may not have reported him but he behaved in a way which showed total disregard for my wellbeing. He posed a threat to other people.”
At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Jones, who lives 40 miles away from Mere in the village of Bryn y Baal near Mold, North Wales, was ordered to pay the woman damages after being convicted of outraging public decency.
The court heard the woman had encountered Jones on June 21, 2018, while walking her dog down Chester Road while it was still light.
Prosecutor Miss Lynne Sayers said: ”’His car was 20ft away from her and the nose of the vehicle was facing the fields. When she got closer she saw the defendant inside the car. She could see him constantly looking at her, looking away and then looking at her again.
“She then thought he was waiting for her to get nearer so he could ask for directions. But as she got within 10ft of the vehicle she noticed his hand moving quickly up and down his groin.
“She immediately knew what he was doing and she was shocked and angry. She knocked on his window and told him to stop but he was unfazed.
“She says he didn’t flinch or show any embarrassment or guilt. He covered up with a hoodie at one point but didn’t stop even when she pleaded with him to do so. She says he seemed devoid of any emotion and didn’t seem concerned about her wellbeing.
“She went home after taking down the vehicle’s registration number and called police. She heard the car drive off.'”
Jones had no previous convictions.
His lawyer Hannah Kelly said: ‘’This was totally out of character for him. He is a hard-working young man who has mental health issues and has recently been made redundant. It is likely he was very unwell at the time of this incident.
Jones was also ordered to complete a nine-month community order with 15 rehabilitation requirement days.
He was further fined £200 and ordered to pay £500 costs.
Justice of the Peace Derek Robertson told him: “We have recognised that the member of the public was obviously very upset by this matter and that was unacceptable behaviour by you.”