Thursday, May 25, 2006
Nosey Neighbour's Naked Numpty
A nurse was told yesterday she can carry on sunbathing naked — despite a neighbour filming her and complaining to cops.
Blonde Lynett Burgess, 55, peeled off and strolled around her cottage garden on a summer’s day.
But dad-of-three Morien Jones next door was so shocked he took a video of her to the police.
Lynett, a district nurse and occupational therapist, was charged with indecent exposure.
The film was shown to a court to decide if she had offended anyone by baring all.
Mr Jones, 34, who lives beside Lynett in Llandyfriog, West Wales, told magistrates: “I was renovating the back of my home with a builder when Miss Burgess appeared in her garden. She walked back and forth naked.
“I have been extremely shaken by this. It has been very upsetting — I don’t want to bring up my children in such an environment.”
There was an angry exchange when prosecutor Maggie Hughes said sunbathing nude in a garden was not “normal behaviour”.
Miss Hughes said: “A woman exposing her lower region could be grossly offensive to normal decent persons. What kind of kick do you get from this behaviour?”
Lynett, who has a 20-year-old daughter, hit back: “How dare you! I take exception to the word ‘kick’ and find you prudish.”
She was found not guilty after Trevor Emberton, chairman of the magistrates at Cardigan, told her: “We do not accept you intended to cause harm or distress.”
Afterwards Lynett said: “I intend moving away. This has caused me acute anxiety.”
Mr Jones claimed: “This naked stroll is just the tip of the iceberg. She’s an anti-social neighbour.”