Man lying on street with “trousers round his ankles”

A man who was lying on the street with his genitals exposed as children played in the area has been fined £200.

Kevin Joseph Grint, of Harty Court, pleaded guilty to indecent behaviour on July 13.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to the Ballymagroarty street at around 6pm because the 54-year-old had been lying in the street with his trousers round his ankles and his “genitals clearly exposed”. The court was told there were children in the area at the time and their “mothers removed them as quickly as possibly”.

Another neighbour got Grint back into his home and when police arrived it was clear he was drunk. When asked about the incident he told police that his “belt wasn’t working and my trousers fell down”. A defence solicitor told the court her client was going to another house in the street to get a loan of a belt when he tripped and his trousers fell down.

She said it was “not a deliberate attempt to go out and behave in an indecent manner” or to offend anyone.

The solicitor added that Grint was “highly embarassed” for the “dreadful incident” and “accepts it shouldn’t have happened”.

Fining the 54-year-old £200, District Judge Barney McElholm also imposed an offender levy of £15.