OAP Michael Beckett from Southampton performed sex act in front of children

Southampton Crown Court

Southampton Crown Court

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

AN ELDERLY man performed a sex act in front of a group of children, a court was told.

Southampton Crown Court heard that 72-year-old Michael Beckett performed the act in view of a group of girls, and on a second occasion exposed himself to a woman.

The offences happened while Beckett was in his first-floor home in Lundy Close, Lordshill, Southampton, which backs on to a small green.

He admitted to police that he found the idea of children watching him sexually gratifying, and that he would stand in a window up to six times a week knowing that youngsters and dog walkers would be in the area.

The court heard how Beckett had an “unhealthy preoccupation” with pornography, watching it for hours each night.

Prosecutor Rebecca Austin told the court that on June 2 an 11-year-old girl was playing with her friends in the area behind Beckett’s flat.

She saw some teddy bears in an upstairs window but in the same window noticed a naked man, who was later identified as Beckett, performing a sex act.

Ms Austin said: “She was scared and ran to let her mother know what she had seen. Her mother was preparing dinner when her daughter told her and it made her stomach turn.”

The second incident occurred on July 7 when a woman visiting a friend in the area thought she heard someone shout to her.

She looked up at the building, seeing Beckett with his dressing gown open.

The victim described the incident as “offensive” and said she believed he intended to be seen.

At a previous hearing Beckett pleaded guilty to intentionally exposing himself and taking part in a sexual act in the presence of a child under 13.

Recorder Maria Lamb told him: “Your behaviour is wholly unacceptable. I think you are able to control your behaviour but you choose not to.

“The fact that these offences took place when children were likely to be around makes it an aggravating factor. You have done one month in custody and you can do more if you come back before this court again.”

Defence barrister Jamie Gammon said Beckett had no previous convictions, and that he does not have “any particular attraction” to children.

Beckett was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a one-year supervision order. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.

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12:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

Sick sod put him in the mental health unit for the rest of his days
Sick sod put him in the mental health unit for the rest of his days Kirsty666
  • Score: 11

1:02pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Graeme Harrison says...

Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor. Graeme Harrison
  • Score: -3

2:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Graeme Harrison wrote:
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams?
In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.
[quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.[/p][/quote]With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams? In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week. Dai Rear
  • Score: -8

2:58pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

The pervert did not get what he deserved from the court. Should have been locked up. But that has been decided by the judge, so has to be accepted.

If his flat is owned by the Council, it should be seriously thinking of moving him out to some other place which is not near any place where children play.

Thankfully the little girl did the right thing by running to her mum and inform her, but every child may not do the same, and those told to supervise him can't be around all the time, so every precaution should be taken to stop the risk. Hence different flat somewhere else.
The pervert did not get what he deserved from the court. Should have been locked up. But that has been decided by the judge, so has to be accepted. If his flat is owned by the Council, it should be seriously thinking of moving him out to some other place which is not near any place where children play. Thankfully the little girl did the right thing by running to her mum and inform her, but every child may not do the same, and those told to supervise him can't be around all the time, so every precaution should be taken to stop the risk. Hence different flat somewhere else. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 19

3:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mary80 says...

FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE Mary80
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams?
In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.
"solicitors have more arduous exams?"

I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.[/p][/quote]With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams? In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.[/p][/quote]"solicitors have more arduous exams?" I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
  • Score: 10

5:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Torchie1 says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams?
In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.
"solicitors have more arduous exams?"

I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.
I think you'll find that if you look up the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister, you'll find that you're wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.[/p][/quote]With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams? In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.[/p][/quote]"solicitors have more arduous exams?" I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that if you look up the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister, you'll find that you're wrong. Torchie1
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Mary80 wrote:
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE[/p][/quote]are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life? SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 3

6:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams?
In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.
"solicitors have more arduous exams?"

I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.
Thank you Torchie. The most important "qualifying criterion" is a rich daddy. But the uninformed will go on believing what you believe, and indeed it is no crime to be ignorant.
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.[/p][/quote]With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams? In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.[/p][/quote]"solicitors have more arduous exams?" I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.[/p][/quote]Thank you Torchie. The most important "qualifying criterion" is a rich daddy. But the uninformed will go on believing what you believe, and indeed it is no crime to be ignorant. Dai Rear
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

SNUGGLES 78 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?
Highly unlikely I'd have thought. He's a sad old inadequate. I really hope the mums have emphasised that. If you tell children that they should be terrified of the half-wit brown raincoat contingent they'll believe you and be traumatised by it and make their lives sad.
[quote][p][bold]SNUGGLES 78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE[/p][/quote]are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?[/p][/quote]Highly unlikely I'd have thought. He's a sad old inadequate. I really hope the mums have emphasised that. If you tell children that they should be terrified of the half-wit brown raincoat contingent they'll believe you and be traumatised by it and make their lives sad. Dai Rear
  • Score: 9

6:47pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mary80 says...

SNUGGLES 78 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?
And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it
[quote][p][bold]SNUGGLES 78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE[/p][/quote]are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?[/p][/quote]And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it Mary80
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G

raham
wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Graeme Harrison wrote:
Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.
With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams?
In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.
"solicitors have more arduous exams?"

I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.
I think you'll find that if you look up the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister, you'll find that you're wrong.
Er - I think you'll find it's YOU who is wrong, matey.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graeme Harrison[/bold] wrote: Jamie Gammon isn't a barrister; he's a solicitor.[/p][/quote]With HCA? Is there really a significant difference except that solicitors have more arduous exams? In passing I hope Widow Twankey 's got an Equity card if he's putting on performances 6 times a week.[/p][/quote]"solicitors have more arduous exams?" I think you'll find that it is barristers who have the more "arduos exams", amongst other qualifying criteria, sir.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that if you look up the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister, you'll find that you're wrong.[/p][/quote]Er - I think you'll find it's YOU who is wrong, matey. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

To clarify, read this;

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Barrister#U
nited_Kingdom

So many uneducated morons commenting on this story .... sad, sad, SAD.
To clarify, read this; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Barrister#U nited_Kingdom So many uneducated morons commenting on this story .... sad, sad, SAD. Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
  • Score: -2

8:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sparkster says...

filthy sod let him rot in jail
filthy sod let him rot in jail sparkster
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Huey says...

I think it's funny
I think it's funny Huey
  • Score: -6

9:47am Sun 10 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Mary80 wrote:
SNUGGLES 78 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?
And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it
I know reality hurts but as has been said before vanishingly few child molesters are old men with raincoats and most are younger men who target women who already have children, something sadly too common in our fissiparous society. So, save your wrath-and, if you're a "single mum" be very, very careful.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SNUGGLES 78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE[/p][/quote]are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?[/p][/quote]And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it[/p][/quote]I know reality hurts but as has been said before vanishingly few child molesters are old men with raincoats and most are younger men who target women who already have children, something sadly too common in our fissiparous society. So, save your wrath-and, if you're a "single mum" be very, very careful. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

9:52am Sun 10 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G
raham
wrote:
To clarify, read this;

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Barrister#U

nited_Kingdom

So many uneducated morons commenting on this story .... sad, sad, SAD.
I haven't, but you'll appreciate that Wikipedia is made up by its contributors. I'll leave you with this thought. Blair passed the exams for barrister though he was no more successful at "barrister-ing" than Brown was as a 6th form college lecturer. Could that have happened if the exams had been "arduous"?
And do cut out the "morons" stuff. It really isn't clever , you know.
[quote][p][bold]Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-G raham[/bold] wrote: To clarify, read this; http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Barrister#U nited_Kingdom So many uneducated morons commenting on this story .... sad, sad, SAD.[/p][/quote]I haven't, but you'll appreciate that Wikipedia is made up by its contributors. I'll leave you with this thought. Blair passed the exams for barrister though he was no more successful at "barrister-ing" than Brown was as a 6th form college lecturer. Could that have happened if the exams had been "arduous"? And do cut out the "morons" stuff. It really isn't clever , you know. Dai Rear
  • Score: 3

7:32am Mon 11 Aug 14

KA says...

Huey wrote:
I think it's funny
You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I think it's funny[/p][/quote]You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is! KA
  • Score: 2

12:48pm Mon 11 Aug 14

gouldstar says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
SNUGGLES 78 wrote:
Mary80 wrote:
FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE
are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?
And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it
I know reality hurts but as has been said before vanishingly few child molesters are old men with raincoats and most are younger men who target women who already have children, something sadly too common in our fissiparous society. So, save your wrath-and, if you're a "single mum" be very, very careful.
And dont forget 1/3 of child abusers are women
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SNUGGLES 78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: FOUR MONTHS? The guy is clearly a danger and should be locked up for LIFE[/p][/quote]are you going to pay for him to be locked up for life?[/p][/quote]And what happens when he gets out and does far worse? Hindsight is woderful isnt it[/p][/quote]I know reality hurts but as has been said before vanishingly few child molesters are old men with raincoats and most are younger men who target women who already have children, something sadly too common in our fissiparous society. So, save your wrath-and, if you're a "single mum" be very, very careful.[/p][/quote]And dont forget 1/3 of child abusers are women gouldstar
  • Score: 0

12:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

KA wrote:
Huey wrote:
I think it's funny
You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is!
It is funny. Almost as funny as the resulting hysteria. Get a grip.

The mother should have told her daughter - "Oh, that's filthy Mick, he's a bit odd but mostly harmless. Just don't get too close to him."

But instead, mother and the police set about traumatising the girl, so she can feel violated and afraid.

Well done.
[quote][p][bold]KA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I think it's funny[/p][/quote]You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is![/p][/quote]It is funny. Almost as funny as the resulting hysteria. Get a grip. The mother should have told her daughter - "Oh, that's filthy Mick, he's a bit odd but mostly harmless. Just don't get too close to him." But instead, mother and the police set about traumatising the girl, so she can feel violated and afraid. Well done. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

From the sidelines wrote:
KA wrote:
Huey wrote:
I think it's funny
You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is!
It is funny. Almost as funny as the resulting hysteria. Get a grip.

The mother should have told her daughter - "Oh, that's filthy Mick, he's a bit odd but mostly harmless. Just don't get too close to him."

But instead, mother and the police set about traumatising the girl, so she can feel violated and afraid.

Well done.
So true. When my partner and her sister told their mum they'd seen the village idiot performing , mum's very sensible answer was "Oh well I expect his mother dropped him on his head when he was a baby".
They thought no more of it.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I think it's funny[/p][/quote]You think its funny that a dirty old man exposes himself to children! Your as sick as he is![/p][/quote]It is funny. Almost as funny as the resulting hysteria. Get a grip. The mother should have told her daughter - "Oh, that's filthy Mick, he's a bit odd but mostly harmless. Just don't get too close to him." But instead, mother and the police set about traumatising the girl, so she can feel violated and afraid. Well done.[/p][/quote]So true. When my partner and her sister told their mum they'd seen the village idiot performing , mum's very sensible answer was "Oh well I expect his mother dropped him on his head when he was a baby". They thought no more of it. Dai Rear
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Tue 12 Aug 14

whatwentwrongworld says...

castrate him. Simple.
castrate him. Simple. whatwentwrongworld
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

whatwentwrongworld wrote:
castrate him. Simple.
Why do people who make this kind of remark ( Kirsty666,Mary80, Sparkster, Paramjit ) always make me think of Cletus and Brandine Spuckler? I wonder.
[quote][p][bold]whatwentwrongworld[/bold] wrote: castrate him. Simple.[/p][/quote]Why do people who make this kind of remark ( Kirsty666,Mary80, Sparkster, Paramjit ) always make me think of Cletus and Brandine Spuckler? I wonder. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

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