IT has been hotly debated whether police should have laid charges against the Canterbury Bulldogs players who were photographed nude in a city pub on Mad Monday. Here’s why there is a case. Players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine were both charged with wilful and obscene exposure over the incident at the Harbourview Hotel in The Rocks.
Those arguing against police charging the players say it is unfair because, while they were nude, they were in a privately hired room and not mixing with the public.
But a close reading of the wording of the legislation shows why police believe they have a case.
In short, a pub is a public place, and even if it was privately rented, police allege the players were still visible to the public outside — hence the photos. This does not suggest Elliott and Fine are guilty, only that there was justification for police to charge them.
Get your protractors out, because Snitch suspects there will be an argument down to the millimetre about how much of the pub’s interior can be seen from the outside. Both are due to face court on October 24.