A man caught on CCTV performing an ‘obscene and disgusting act’ on Derry's City Walls has been ordered to do community service.
Andrzej Kowalczyk, 36, of Bond's Hill in Derry admitted the offence which took place on August 28 2016. His charge sheet states that it was ‘an act of a lewd, obscene and disgusting nature’ that ‘outraged public decency’ that took place on the City Walls adjacent to Bank Place.
Police were alerted to the incident which took place around 2am by city centre CCTV operators.
CCTV footage played in court showed the defendant performing the act while looking over the Walls. He’s then seen crouching down behind a cannon and appears to be watching a couple who are kissing nearby.
On arrival police found Kowalczyk with a bottle of vodka and it was noticed that his fly was undone.
During police interview he initially said he was urinating but when shown the CCTV he expressed remorse.
Defence barrister Stephen Mooney said there wasn’t a lot he could say about the facts of the case.
He suggested there were two types of people who would act like this: Individuals with sexual problems who require help and, the other, were people like Kowalczyk who had consumed 'copious amounts of alcohol'. He said the incident was 'borne out of gross intoxication and nothing else.'
Mr Mooney said the incident was not aggravated by the presence of witnesses and believed there was 'no sexual aspect' to it.
Judge Philip Babbington said that it was 'disgusting behaviour' but he accepted it was due to alcohol.
He said he could see no point in sending Kowalczyk to prison and imposed a sentence of eighty hours community service.
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