Man exposed private parts to office workers


A street entertainer who deliberately exposed his private parts to two female office workers in Derry has been convicted at Derry Magistrates Court.

Twenty-eight years-old Jasm Kahla, of Decourcy Way, Dundrum, County Down, appeared before the court on Wednesday charged with intentionally exposing his genitals on October 30, 2012.

Kahla - who contested the charge but didn’t give evidence in court - is due to return to court today to find out when he will be sentenced.

It’s believed pre-sentence and medical reports will have to be prepared for the sentencing hearing.

A representative of the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) told the court that, at around 8.45am on October 30 last year, a local office worker had just arrived for work at Clarendon Street and, on switching on the lights in one of the rooms, noticed a naked man standing at an open window of a building directly opposite.

The defendant, according to the office worker’s statement to police, at no stage made any attempt to cover or conceal himself - despite being aware he could be seen.

A colleague of the office worker also gave a statement to police in which she said she also saw the defendant standing naked at the window.

The PPS solicitor told the court that one of the office workers who witnessed the early morning incident had been “shocked and frightened” by what she saw.

The women phoned police to complain and, shortly afterwards, officers arrived at the premises at which Kahla was staying.

A statement from one of the police officers, some of which was read to the court, said that, when questioned about the allegations, the defendant replied: “I didn’t mean it” and “it was an accident”.

Kahla also told police he indulged in “a lot of washing” and had been standing at the window because he was using its reflection to fix his hair.

Asked by Deputy District Judge Joe Rice if his client was prepared to take the witness stand, defence barrister Eoin Devlin said Kahla would not be giving evidence on his own behalf.

Mr. Devlin added that he would not be offering any evidence on behalf of the defence. After reading written statements, Judge Rice said the evidence against Kahla was compelling and “very disturbing”. The judge added that the case against Kahla had been proven “beyond all reasonable doubt”.

He told Kahla to abide by his bail conditions and return to court today when a date for his sentencing will be arranged.