A MAN caught committing an obscene act in a car park by a couple on a date has been told by a court not to do it again.
Unemployed Edward Marshall appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to outraging public decency by acting in a lewd manner.
You should do that sort of thing in private not in a public car park as that is only asking for trouble.Chairman of the magistrates Malcolm Brown
The court heard that the 28-year-old had advertised the fact that he would be carrying out a sex act in Stokes Bay car park at a certain time on a website.
Despite not receiving any messages from interested parties, he went to the car park at midnight on Friday, June 5 and proceeded to perform the act, thinking people may turn up to watch.
Unfortunately, an unsuspecting young couple, who had gone to the car park at the end of a night out, drove in and saw Marshall in action in the headlamps of their car.
Prosecutor Graham Heath said: ‘They had gone for a drive and pulled up in the car park. As they drove into the car park the headlamps illuminated the defendant.’
They drove out of the car park in disgust, but then went back to make sure that Marshall was doing what they thought he was doing before they called the police.
Marshall took this as a sign of their interest and carried on, more brazenly.
The pair called police and reported Marshall, then followed him as he walked out of the car park until officers finally caught him and arrested him.
The court heard that Marshall had no previous convictions but that he had been cautioned for a similar offence in October 2013.
Chairman of the magistrates Malcolm Brown gave Marshall, of Anchorage Road, Gosport, a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £265 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mr Brown said: ‘It was late but you were not doing it deliberately to upset individuals. It was circumstance but that doesn’t mean it was something that you should have been doing.
‘You should do that sort of thing in private not in a public car park as that is only asking for trouble.’