Motorist guilty of wilful exposure

TO be able to drive lawfully, you need to have a licence and both hands on the steering wheel.

One Gladstone man has been hit with a fine for having neither.

David Bernard Paul Greig, 49, pleaded guilty to charges of wilful exposure and driving while suspended.

Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court police were called to Joe Joseph Drive on March 10 after a report from a concerned motorist who was returning from fishing.

The man had observed another male masturbating in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.

The car door was open at the time and in full view of passers-by, the man informed police.

“He was making no attempt to hide what he was doing,” Const Daubaras said.

Officers arrived at the scene about 10.30am and questioned the man.

“The defendant told police he had exposed himself, but was urinating at the back of his vehicle,” Const Daubaras said.

Investigations at the scene did not reveal any signs of urine on the ground behind the car.

A licence check revealed the man was driving while suspended due to an issue with SPER payments.

Mr Greig represented himself in court and gave a reason for his having his licence cancelled.

“I hadn’t received notification from SPER or I would’ve fixed it with a phone call,” Mr Greig said.

“Is there anything you want to say about the other offence?” Magistrate Damian Carroll asked.

“No, just guilty, Your Honour,” he responded.

Mr Greig was fined $300 for both offences and disqualified from driving for one month.

“Whether you were urinating or masturbating in broad daylight at 10.30am, people will find this offensive,” the magistrate said.

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