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Woman cleared of indecent exposure
Video grab of Ms Burgess
Lynett Burgess was filmed walking around naked
A nurse has been cleared by a court of indecent exposure after walking naked outside a neighbour's house.

Lynett Burgess, 55, from Llandyfriog, near Cardigan in west Wales, was filmed from the neighbour's property in July 2005 and charged by police.

The prosecution at Cardigan Magistrates Court said Ms Burgess's nude sunbathing was "not normal" behaviour.

But magistrates cleared her, adding that it was accepted she did not intend to "cause harm or distress".

I've lived more or less as a hermit since this blew up
Lynett Burgess

Film of Ms Burgess strolling naked along a shared driveway and past neighbour Morien Jones' window was shown to magistrates.

Father-of-three Mr Jones said: "I have been extremely shaken by this. It has been very upsetting and worrying. I don't want to bring up my children in such an environment."

Lynett Burgess
Ms Burgess said the case had brought her 'acute anxiety'

Prosecutor Maggie Hughes said sunbathing nude "could be grossly offensive to normal decent persons in society".

She asked Ms Burgess: "What kind of kick do you get from this behaviour?"

Ms Burgess replied: "I take exception to the word kick and find you prudish."

Ms Hughes added: "I may be prudish but it's not normal for people to sunbathe in the nude."

But magistrates cleared Ms Burgess, a nurse and occupational therapist, of indecent exposure.

'Acute anxiety'

Trevor Emberton, chairman of Cardigan magistrates, told her: "You have admitted sunbathing naked from time to time and that this has become a normal pattern.

"We do not accept you intended to cause harm or distress and therefore find you not guilty."

Ms Burgess said after the case: "I'm glad to get this over and done with.

"I intend moving away from the area and getting on with my life and occupation.

"I've lived more or less as a hermit since this blew up. It has caused me acute anxiety and I now want to put it behind me."


21 June 2006: This article has been amended following a complaint from Mr Morien Jones, who has received apologies from the BBC and other media organisations for originally incorrectly reporting he had filmed Ms Burgess naked in her own garden.

The BBC accepts that Ms Burgess had been filmed by Mr Jones' builder as she walked naked along a shared driveway rather than in her own garden.

The builder had been filming renovation work on Mr Jones' home.



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