Psychiatrist who exposed his genitals to dog walker in Croydon fined and suspended from practice
By Polly Albany-Ward
November 20, 2015
Prince Arun Vincent pleaded guilty to exposing himself to the woman in Covington Way on September 14 at Croydon Magistrates Court today. He was fined a total of £585.
The 37-year-old, of Hever Wood Road, Sevenoaks, was driving along Covington Way when he pulled up behind the victim and parked his car with the passenger window open next to her, prosecutor Jacqui Hughes said.
“He made a motion with his eyes, he didn’t say anything but she could clearly see his genitals,” she said.
Ms Hughes said the victim took out her mobile phone to take a photo of Vincent but he drove off and she took one of his car. There was no one else in the car at the time, she added.
Warren Mitchell, defending Vincent, said the incident has left his career “in tatters” and he has been suspended from work without pay.
The General Medical Council confirmed Vincent has been suspended and is investigating his fitness to practice.
Vincent, who is from Sri Lanka but has lived in the UK for 20 years, had worked “tirelessly” to become a psychiatrist, Mr Mitchell said.
“It has not come easy to him as he is not academic but he was working in hospital supervised,” he said.
Vincent is “at a loss to explain what possessed him to behave in this way”, Mr Mitchell said. But he added Vincent is currently going through a divorce.
“All I can ascertain is he felt some relief from the pressures in his life by taking his trousers down and wondered what it would feel like if someone saw him, and when they did he drove off,” he said.
Mr Mitchell said Vincent is seeking help from a private psychotherapist to “get to the bottom of why he dealt with things in this way”, and has shown “clear remorse”.
“He meant no harm to her [the victim],” he added.
Vincent, a man of previously good character, was sentenced by magistrates to pay £585 within 28 days. This includes a £200 fine, £100 compensation to the woman, £85 costs, as well as charges totalling £110.
Magistrate Mr Hunter said: “You are a man of previous good character and there is obvious remorse. There will be very big implications for your career.”