A flasher has been sent on a sex offenders’ treatment course after his victim was able to give police such a good description that he was traced from their e-fit.

Robert Henry exposed himself on a pathway near the Sainsbury superstore in Barnstaple and was later picked out by the woman who saw him in an identification procedure.

She had already helped police produce such a good e-fit that 25-year-old bicycle courier Henry was traced.

Henry, of Park Rise, Barnstaple, denied exposure but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court earlier this month.

He was ordered to attend the Horizon sex offenders’ programme and attend 15 days supervision as part of a three year community order by Judge Timothy Rose at Exeter Crown Court. He was ordered to pay £585 costs.

He told him the evidence against him had been overwhelming and his suggestion that the victim was lying was ridiculous.

During the trial the woman told how she was walking near the supermarket when she saw a man exposing himself and masturbating in bushes on a nearby path. Henry denied he was the flasher.

Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said Henry lives with his father and has a lonely and isolated life. He commutes to Exeter by train to work as a fast food delivery rider for two different companies.