Dooley grandson’s indecency sentence ‘too lenient’ – victim

dooleyRB'22-year-old Derek Dooley arriving at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.
dooleyRB'22-year-old Derek Dooley arriving at Sheffield Magistrates' Court.

THE grandson of Sheffield footballing legend Derek Dooley has been convicted of exposing himself to a woman out who was out for an evening walk.

Dooley, aged 22, who shares the same name as his grandfather, exposed himself while in his car in Broadfield Road, Heeley.

He was fined £100 plus £85 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge after admitting the offence, on the night of July 10 . His victim gave police a description of him and noted his car registration number.

The woman later criticised the sentence as too lenient for a “blatant and predatory” act.

“In effect, he has walked away free as a bird, yet I am left feeling too scared to take my dog for his evening walk.”

She added: “I cannot tell you how disappointed I am. As a policeman’s daughter I have always been told that justice will prevail and that you have to stand up and do what is right. But why should people who have been victimised in such a way bother when they see such poor results?”

In January, Dooley, of Meadowhead Road, was found guilty at Sheffield magistrates court of threatening behaviour for joining in with rioting Wednesday fans when the team was relegated in May 2010.

He was caught by CCTV ‘mouthing at the police’, then smashing a rock on to tram tracks in Middlewood Road.

Dooley was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £775 towards court costs but he was spared a football banning order after magistrates were handed glowing references – including one from the Sheffield United chairman, a role his late grandfather held until 1996.

His grandfather was a prolific goalscorer for the Owls in the early 1950s and was awarded an MBE in 2003.