Sheffield motorway flasher loses appeal

A pervert motorist who exposed himself to a minibus full of teenage girls on a motorway near Sheffield cannot complain about his tough jail term, top judges have ruled.

Nicholas Ketteridge, aged 45, repeatedly drove past a second group of young girls as he performed a sex act in Cambridgeshire, while on bail for the South Yorkshire offence.

Ketteridge was jailed for nine months at Sheffield Crown Court in July after he admitted two counts of indecent exposure.

At the time, Judge Peter Kelson QC also banned the fire equipment engineer from driving for a year.

Now three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court have rejected a sentence challenge by Ketteridge, saying his jail term was certainly not ‘wrong in principle’.
Lord Justice Pitchford said Ketteridge stared at the minibus full of girls – aged 17 to 18 – as he performed a sex act while driving alongside their vehicle in a jeep on the M1 near Sheffield.

His behaviour ‘shocked and disgusted’ the group, who were returning to school from a field trip at about 8am on October 21 last year.

Three days later Ketteridge, of Priory Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, committed the second offence in Cambridgeshire, while on bail for the first.

His barrister Andrew Smith, argued Judge Kelson had got his punishment wrong and should have handed Ketteridge a community-based sentence.

He claimed that would have allowed him to get treatment for his predilection for flashing, before it escalated.

He argued a prison sentence was ‘wrong in principle’ as it did not offer the opportunity to rehabilitate him.

Lord Justice Pitchford said: “This was not a case that so obviously called for a community order that the sentence of imprisonment was wrong in principle or manifestly excessive.”