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A student who was caught exposing himself says he was doing it for "comfort" during a stressful exam.
Ibrahim Gilani was spotted “touching” his penis outside his jogging bottoms by an invigilator tasked with spotting any cheating.
The 20-year-old was taking the computer-based examination at Edinburgh College when the bizarre incident occurred.
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Gilani was sitting a "computer-based exam" with each student in a "pod" – a cubicle separated by a partition – at the college’s Granton campus, with three other students on June 15 last year.
The court was told the female invigilator was walking around the room 15 minutes into the exam and saw Gilani “in his seat, leaning back, with his penis fully exposed and erect”.
She watched Gilani “touch his penis two or three times with his right hand”.
Fiscal depute Gillian Koren said the invigilator went to the college library to alert a staff member who came to the exam room.
The prosecutor said this woman “observed the accused sitting with his legs apart” and “saw the top of his penis poking out his waistband”.
Ms Koren added: “She described it as erect or he was circumcised. His left hand was on top of his penis.
“Neither of the witnesses described stroking or masturbating, simply describing it as touching.”
But prosecutors accepted there was no sexual motive behind his behaviour which saw police arrest him after the exam was finished.
His solicitor told the city’s sheriff court that Gilani may have been touching his private parts for “comfort” during the test.
Gilani appeared at the court on Wednesday and pled guilty to a charge of committing a public indecency by exposing his naked private member.
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Defence agent Eddie Wilson said the “pods” had a high back to the rear and a curved side” to prevent student’s seeing each other’s screens during the exam.
Mr Wilson said Gilani, of Edinburgh, accepted he put his hand down his trousers and touched his penis “but not in a sexual way”.
He said: “The folly of his actions has been to put his hand down his trousers and give the public the opportunity to see his penis.
“With the unique architecture of the pod, it might’ve given Mr Gilani the impression he could not be seen.
“He passed the exam, for what it’s worth, and is a bright young man with a promising future.”
Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss fined Gilani £380.
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