No jail for man who uri­nated on cafe win­dow

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

A MAN who uri­nated on a South­port cafe win­dow be­fore mak­ing rude ges­tures to cus­tomers at a hair sa­lon and ex­pos­ing his gen­i­talia has nar­rowly missed spend­ing time in prison.

Ciaran James Con­nolly, 32, pleaded guilty in the South­port Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day to one count each of wil­ful ex­po­sure, pub­lic nui­sance and fail­ing to ap­pear in court.

Mag­is­trate Don­ald MacKen­zie sen­tenced Con­nolly to three months prison with im­me­di­ate pa­role.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant James Tre­anor said staff at the Blendlove Cafe on Ferry Road had asked Con­nolly to move away from the shop af­ter he be­gan shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties to cus­tomers and staff about 2.30pm on March 14.

“He was mak­ing rude ges­tures to­wards fe­males with his tongue and fin­gers,” Sgt Tre­anor said. “He spat on the glass win­dow.”

Sgt Tre­anor said when staff tried to in­ter­vene, Con­nolly in­stead asked to fight them.

He then dropped his pants and uri­nated on the win­dow in front of cus­tomers.

Con­nolly then moved onto a nearby hair sa­lon and be­gan to make rude ges­tures to cus­tomers, in­clud­ing a 10-year-old girl. He dropped his trousers and un­der­wear, ex­pos­ing his pe­nis and mak­ing rude ges­tures through the win­dow.

De­fence lawyer Chelsea Cross said Con­nolly was work­ing to kick an al­co­hol prob­lem and was in the process of get­ting treat­ment from his doc­tor.

Ms Cross said Con­nolly was “hu­mil­i­ated” by what he did at the cafe and re­morse­ful.

Mr MacKen­zie said Con­nolly had al­ready been con­victed of six pub­lic nui­sance charges.

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