18 December 2019 20:40
Image copyright PA Media Image caption Neil Shipperley's lawyer said that "everything came to a crescendo on the day in question" A former Premier League striker who masturbated in front of a mother and her 16-year-old daughter has been given a 12-month community order. Ex-Crystal Palace star Neil Shipperley, 45, exposed his genitals from inside his van, in Hillingdon, west London, on 17 September. Shipperley must complete 20-days of rehabilitation as part of the order given at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court. Prosecutor Shaan Sethi told the court Shipperley had driven his van up to the victims, winding down his window and stopping the vehicle. In a victim impact statement, the mother said: "Some people may see flashers as pests or a nuisance to society.
Shipperley, who admitted intentionally exposing his genitals intending that someone would be caused alarm or distress, had "expressed anguish, embarrassment, shame, but above all remorse," the court heard. He is said to have sought counselling for personal issues, including the death of his father, gambling problems and debts. Mitigating for Shipperley, Sarah O'Kane said: "Everything came to a crescendo on the day in question. Shipperley, who played for among others Nottingham Forest, Wimbledon, Chelsea and Southampton during his 15-year career, must also complete 120 hours' unpaid work and pay a £90 victim surcharge, £85 in costs and £200 in compensation. EX-Premier League striker Neil Shipperley was branded a "predator" today after he flashed a mum and her teenage daughter.
The court was told that Shipperley was dealing with a number of issues including the death of his father. He was also struggling to adapt to a new way of life following the end of his football career and had issues with gambling which he had sought help for. Sarah O'Kane, in mitigation, said: "Everything came to a crescendo on the day in question and he thinks on reflection this was a cry for help. 2 Former Crystal Palace striker Shipperley admits that he had his penis out 'but was not masturbating in the usual sense of the word', his lawyer said Credit: Action Images - Reuters A FORMER Premier League footballer who exposed himself and masturbated in front of a mother while she walked along a street with her teenage daughter has been given a community order. Ex-Crystal Palace striker, Neil Shipperley, 45, admitted exposing his genitals from inside his van as he drove alongside the pair in west London, a court heard.
While the mother was on the phone to police they noticed Shipperley had parked between two buses further up the street, still performing a sex act. In a victim impact statement read to the court, the mother said: 'Some people say they may see flashers as pests or nuisances, but my idea of Neil Shipperley is a predator. Her teenage daughter said: 'After the incident I felt as though I was a victim. 'Everything came to a crescendo on the day in question and he thinks on reflection this was a cry for help. 'As for the offence itself he has expressed anguish, embarrassment, shame, but above all remorse and that was evident you heard as soon as he went to that police station and said 'I am sorry.'' Shipperley, from West Drayton, north west London, was handed a 12 month community order, requiring him to complete 20 days of rehabilitation. Ex-Premier League striker Neil Shipperley has been given a community order after exposing himself and masturbating in front of a mother and her teenage daughter. The 45-year-old former Crystal Palace forward admitted exposing his genitals from inside his van as he drove alongside the pair in west London, a court heard. The mother was left feeling "disgusted" by the incident on Station Road in Hayes on the afternoon of September 17 this year, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard on Wednesday. Prosecutor Shaan Sethi told the court Shipperley had driven his van up to the victim and her 16-year-old daughter, winding down his window and stopping the vehicle. Mr Sethi said the pair had turned to thank Shipperley for letting them cross the road but "they then noticed he was holding his penis in his hand and staring directly at them". "He continued to stare at the two women this time while masturbating," Mr Sethi told the court, adding that the pair tried to take a photo of his number plate. Shipperley later encountered the mother and daughter again when he voluntarily arrived at a police station and apologised, the court was told. In a victim impact statement, the mother said: "Some people may see flashers as pests or a nuisance to society, my view of Neil Shipperley is as a predator. In her statement, the woman claimed Shipperley told her at the police station that if someone had done what he did to his own son "he would want to kill them". Shipperley, who also played for a number of clubs during his career including Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Southampton, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and British nationality during Wednesday's court hearing. Shipperley, of West Drayton, west London, who has no previous convictions, was ordered to complete a 12-month community order, which includes a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. He is subject to a five-year sexual offences notification requirement order and must report to Hayes police station within three days.