Family shocked by photo flasher

2014-02-12 00:00

A HOWICK businesswoman used her huge American SUV as a barrier to block the path of a fleeing man who had “flashed” his genitals and masturbated in front of her and her children at Midmar Dam.

The woman was shocked when a man approached her and her two children and started masturbating.

She later used her Hummer to bump the man’s sedan as he tried to flee when she went for help.

The 45-year-old man who cannot be named as he has not yet pleaded to the charges against him, was later arrested by the police at Midmar Dam.

He appeared at the Howick Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

He is charged with exposing his genitals and masturbating in front of children.

The businesswoman and her two children were having a picnic at Midmar Dam on January 9, when the man approached them and allegedly masturbated and took photographs of them using his cellular phone.

Police spokesperson Captain Lolly Moodley said, “The complainant then put her two children into her car and drove to another picnic spot where she asked for assistance from two men.

“Whilst talking to these men, she noticed the man stand up and run towards his motor vehicle and then drive off,” said Moodley.

He added that she then drove her vehicle in front of him in an attempt to stop him, but the man managed to get away.

The mother of two, who cannot be named, told The Witness that she was enjoying the picnic with her daughter (8) and son (5).

“I could not believe what was happening at the time. I was shocked that someone could just do this in a public place,” said the mother.

“I had to take my children, rush after him and crash his car at the gate to get his attention, but he succeeded in running away until police managed to arrest him,” said the woman.

“Parents need to keep their eyes open for people like this and report them,” she said.

The man, who works part-time in a restaurant, is out on bail of R1 000 and will be back in court on March 11.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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