Man pleasured himself in McDonalds, court hears

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A MAN who exposed himself to shocked customers at a busy fast food restaurant blamed anti-depressants for his behaviour, a court heard.

James Scott pleasured himself in full view of women, children and students who were eating at McDonalds, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, Teesside Crown Court was told.

The "prolonged” incident, on November 7 last year, was captured on CCTV and said to have occurred during the daytime.

The 34-year-old’s barrister Jamie Adams said the former construction worker may have been suffering from psychiatric troubles and was on a course of anti-depressants at the time which had a “deleterious” effect on him.

He said: “He has now changed his medication and in combination that mix seems to be serving him well.

“His depression has lifted and he is looking for employment again.

“He has a good work record and was doing well in work two years previously.”

Mr Adams said it was an “odd kind” of offence and said Scott had made off from the restaurant without doing anything worse.

He admitted a charge of outraging public decency.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton said Scott had been reluctant to accept his full involvement in the offence which he said was understandable because of his deep embarrassment.

He told him: “There were women, teenagers, children, the normal crowd you get in McDonalds and you persisted for a significant period of time.”

The judge said he accepted Scott had been depressed and the impact of the medication he was on and felt it was unlikely he would commit such an offence again.

He said: “This sort of offence is normally committed by the deeply disturbed and the sexually motivated. There is no evidence you are either.”

Recorder Bourne-Arton said he was prepared to accede to a recommendation in a report that Scott be given a community-based sentence.

Scott, of Swan Lodge, High Street, Sunderland, was given a three-year community order with supervision and will attend a treatment programme for those who have committed sexual offences.

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10:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

renot says...

Bet he was lovin it
Bet he was lovin it renot
  • Score: 4

7:21am Thu 10 Jul 14

Equity1 says...

Sick.
Seems any outrageous behaviour can be explained and believed .If I had been in that place with my 3children and remonstrated with this sick person my punishment would likely be much harsher!
No wonder he is a lot happier - he should be in prison to protect the public .
Sorry that costs money so we cannot go down that path.
Not much chance of a Barrister or Judge in that establishment se we all alright !
Sick. Seems any outrageous behaviour can be explained and believed .If I had been in that place with my 3children and remonstrated with this sick person my punishment would likely be much harsher! No wonder he is a lot happier - he should be in prison to protect the public . Sorry that costs money so we cannot go down that path. Not much chance of a Barrister or Judge in that establishment se we all alright ! Equity1
  • Score: 3

10:23am Thu 10 Jul 14

snudge says...

HE MUST HAVE BEEN A DARLINGTON FC SUPP0RTER
HE MUST HAVE BEEN A DARLINGTON FC SUPP0RTER snudge
  • Score: -16

10:29am Thu 10 Jul 14

The Love Slug says...

I'm sure it was, I know that as a DFC supporter I automatically have a massive urge to travel to the UK's Inbreeding capital, with its legions of unemployed drug addicts, paedophiles and animal abusers, just to visit McDonalds and masturbate amongst the locals.
I'm sure it was, I know that as a DFC supporter I automatically have a massive urge to travel to the UK's Inbreeding capital, with its legions of unemployed drug addicts, paedophiles and animal abusers, just to visit McDonalds and masturbate amongst the locals. The Love Slug
  • Score: 20

1:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Erasmus-0 says...

That's the most fun anyone's ever had in a McDonalds, I'd wager.
That's the most fun anyone's ever had in a McDonalds, I'd wager. Erasmus-0
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Thu 10 Jul 14

kristal27 says...

wonder if he super-sized it?
wonder if he super-sized it? kristal27
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Thu 10 Jul 14

teddymiller says...

Was it a big whopper???
Was it a big whopper??? teddymiller
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Thu 10 Jul 14

English lad says...

But just goes to show, Hartlepool is full of w##kers!
But just goes to show, Hartlepool is full of w##kers! English lad
  • Score: 0

7:43pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Gretaandtees says...

BREAKING NEWS : Mayonnaise shortage in Hartlepool.
BREAKING NEWS : Mayonnaise shortage in Hartlepool. Gretaandtees
  • Score: 0

12:33am Fri 11 Jul 14

hippyjohn says...

do macbonalds do cheesey faggots
do macbonalds do cheesey faggots hippyjohn
  • Score: -2

12:58pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Kev281181 says...

What a ****
What a **** Kev281181
  • Score: -1

3:26pm Fri 11 Jul 14

settheworldonfire says...

snudge wrote:
HE MUST HAVE BEEN A DARLINGTON FC SUPP0RTER
I bet he is a right...BLANKER...
[quote][p][bold]snudge[/bold] wrote: HE MUST HAVE BEEN A DARLINGTON FC SUPP0RTER[/p][/quote]I bet he is a right...BLANKER... settheworldonfire
  • Score: -2

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