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UPDATE: ‘Embarrassed’ pensioner caught shampooing genitals on bus says ‘I have learned my lesson’

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

Philip Milne

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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.

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“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.

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