Banned from beaches

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 22/01/2014

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A man accused of being a serial flasher in the Coromandel, who was caught by undercover police at a popular holiday spot, plans to fight his charges.

However, Michael Bruce Bell, 41, is still banned from getting closer than 100 metres to any beach.

Through his lawyer, Phoebe Bromiley, Bell yesterday entered a not guilty plea in the Thames District Court to a charge of obscenely exposing himself at Cooks Beach on New Year's Eve.

Bell was arrested after police set up an undercover sting and posed as holidaymakers after complaints about a man flashing tourists.

At an earlier appearance, Bell indicated that he believed he had a defence to the charges, but very little resources to engage a lawyer and he needed time to seek legal assistance.

Bell was relaxed as he stood in the dock for his brief appearance clad in denim shorts, green top and jandals.

Bromiley told Judge Spear that she had just taken over the file but Bell was happy to have the not guilty plea entered.

Judge Spear remanded Bell on his existing bail conditions - to steer clear of beaches.

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- Waikato Times

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