Drugged-up hospital flasher is sentenced

Calderdale Royal Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital

A MAN who exposed himself to nurses because he thought they were having sex around him has appeared at Crown Court.

Mark Cooper, 38, flashed repeatedly to staff at Calderdale Royal Hospital while heavily under the influence of drugs on July 27 last year.

The court heard that Cooper, of Keighley Road, Illingworth, has a history of depression and anxiety and was on prescription medication.

But he mixed sleeping tablets with amphetamine and ended up staggering around Halifax town centre.

Security guards called for an ambulance which took him to hospital at 5.30pm.

The court heard that a senior nurse came to treat him initially but then Cooper repeatedly took out his penis.

Nurses told him to put it away but he kept getting it out.

Nurses called the police at 7pm who arrested him.

In interview he told them that he only did it because he thought the nurses were having sex around him.

Cooper said he remembered playing with himself but wasn’t sexually excited.

He explained to the court that he had taken seven sleeping tablets and also injected amphetamines.

Judge John Potter said: “You behaved in a quite disgraceful fashion - masturbating yourself frequently in front of hospital staff. You caused significant offence.”

Cooper admitted one count of exposure and was given a 12 month community order and made subject to a 30 day activity requirement.