A PENSIONER who was fined after shampooing his private parts on a bus says the conviction has shattered his life.
Philip Milne, aged 75, says he feels like he has now been labelled as a paedophile.
The retiree from Water Eaton Road, Bletchley, was speaking for the first time since being convicted of outraging public decency.
He said: “It has seriously affected my relationship with my wife who is now not speaking to me, and she is receiving calls from friends and family.
“One of my best friends, who works at a school, who I meet up with two or three times a week for coffee, rang up and said we can’t be friends anymore.
“It is the embarrassment more than anything else as I have to explain it all.”
Speaking at his home yesterday, the OAP, who has a pacemaker, said: “The grandchildren have all read the story on Twitter and Facebook and came and told my wife.
“I accept that it was indecency in a public place, and I have learned my lesson. As a 75-year-old I have a criminal record.
“I feel I am being treated as a paedophile.”
On Tuesday, September 3, Bedford Magistrates’ Court heard how on a bus journey from Bletchley to Bedford, Milne was spotted rubbing shampoo into his private parts by passengers including a mother and son.
Prosecuting Camille Gifford said: “In essence the defendant was masturbating while on the bus.”
He was described as ‘semi-erect’.
Milne said he had an issue with his briefs and did not have ointment to soothe his groin so used shampoo instead. Magistrates fined him £75 along with £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.