Pervert Martin Thorne's sick sex offence at Homeleigh Nurseries garden centre in Hoo
Martin Thorne's parents
run Homeleigh Nursery in Hoo
by Keith Hunt
A pervert who behaved obscenely in front of a woman at a garden
centre run by his parents has escaped being locked up.
Martin Thorne exposed himself and performed a sex act in front
of the victim at Homeleigh Nurseries garden centre, in Hoo, in
Alexia Zimbler, prosecuting, said the woman felt scared and
A dog was in the room and Thorne, 48, joked: "Do you think he
thinks it's a sausage?"
Thorne put his clothes back on, but then exposed himself again
and after putting pornography on the television asked: "Do you
think I should pretend I am one of those persons on TV?"
The woman told him to stop, but he pulled his trousers down to
his ankles and continued to perform the sex act.
As the victim left, Thorne told her to keep his behaviour
secret, adding: "We will both be in a lot of trouble."
A judge at Maidstone
Crown Court spared Martin Thorne jail
Miss Zimbler told Maidstone Crown Court the woman was shocked
Thorne, of Ratcliffe Highway, Hoo, at first denied the
allegations - but eventually admitted exposure.
Judge Charles Byers sentenced him to eight months' imprisonment
- suspended for two years - with 12 months' supervision and
150 hours' unpaid work.
A restraining order was imposed and Thorne was ordered to pay
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