A couple caught having sex in public will avoid jail time, after several members of the public “looked on in horror” as the pair went at it on a seafront promenade in broad daylight.
According to a report from the U.K.-based Mirror, 39-year-old Jamie Lynn and 37-year-old Demelza Lentell were both too intoxicated to remember how they ended up together.
Lynn and Lentell both pled guilty to “outraging public decency,” the news site reports, and claimed to have no memory of the incident. Lentil’s attorney, Curtis Lewis, said his client acknowledged that her actions were “disgusting and outrageous.”
“This is a one-off offence. It shocked her because of the nature of the offence and it shocked her that she didn’t remember it and just had to accept what the police were telling her and witnesses,” he said.
Lynn’s attorney, Paul Gallagher, pointed out that for his client, being one part of the now-infamous “couple caught having sex” pairing was the result of some personal tragedies that led to Lynn making a rather poor decision.
“In a fairly short time he lost his family and his home, he admits he was at a low point,” he said. “On this particular day, feeling particularly bad and low he drank a lot in a short time and has no recollection of his behavior thereafter. He is not someone who normally drinks.”
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark told both of the defendants that what they did was “disgusting.”
“What I want you to both understand is that engaging in explicit sexual activity in a public place like the promenade in a Cornish town is simply socially unacceptable,” he said. “People are right to be appalled by your conduct.”
Nevertheless, Clark decided not to come down as hard as he could have on the couple caught having sex.
Both received four-month suspended sentences, which will be in effect for the next 12 months. Lentell must complete a 12-month supervision order, and Lynn will have to serve out a three-month curfew starting at 4 p.m. and lasting until 7 a.m. each day.
In a separate report from the Plymouth Herald, the couple were said to be “partially clothed and engaging in sexual activity at a bus shelter on Penzance promenade in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday, November 23, last year.”
The sentencing occurred this week.
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