52-year-old jailed for outraging public decency

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A convicted sex offender who admitted simulating sex with a mattress in a public place has been jailed for a total of seven months.

Derry Crown Court Judge Philip Babington said 52-year-old Martin Gregory Coll’s behaviour was ‘a totally unacceptable, disgusting and sordid exhibition’.

Coll, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to committing an act outraging public decency in August last year.

The charges relate to an incident in the car park of Lavery Fold in the Asylum Road area.

Derry Crown Court heard that the 52-year-old was seen by two police officers entering the car park of Lavery Fold in the early hours of the morning.

They became suspicious and followed him into the car park.

The officers found the 52-year-old on a mattress behind a fence and heard ‘muffled moaning’.

He had his trousers pulled to his knees and was watching a pornographic film on a portable DVD player.

The court was told Coll could be clearly seen by a female police officer who was ‘very shocked and aghast’.

The 52-year-old was arrested and during police interview he admitted watching a pornographic film and said he was very drunk.

However, he denied being named or simulating sex with a mattress.

The court heard Coll has 16 relevant convictions and is in breach of a number of suspended sentences.

It was also revealed he committed this offence while subject to the notification requirements of the Sex Offenders Register and a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Defence counsel Sean Doherty said it was ‘quite clear’ Coll had consumed too much alcohol on this night.

He added that ‘thankfully no member of the public had to witness this event’.

Jailing Coll, Judge Babington said ‘this case is aggravated by your previous offending’ and alcohol is ‘no excuse’.

He said this behaviour was a ‘totally unacceptable, disgusting and sordid exhibition which could have been seen by many people if they had been awake’.

Judge Babington warned the 52-year-old ‘if you continue with this type of behaviour you will spend a considerable part of your life in custody’.

He imposed a three month sentence and imposed the suspended sentences consecutively.

Coll has been on remand since the date of offence and is likely to be released from custody within days.