Man who urinated on dying woman faces jail

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A MAN who urinated on a disabled woman who lay dying in a street is facing jail after admitting outraging public decency.

Anthony Anderson admitted the single charge when he appeared before magistrates today.

After hearing how his actions robbed the 50-year-old woman of any dignity, magistrates agreed that their maximum sentencing powers of six months in prison were insufficient and transferred the case to Crown Court.

They heard how Anderson, 27, shouted "this is YouTube material" as he urinated on and later smothered shaving foam over the hapless victim who had collapsed in Hartlepool.

The town's magistrates today heard how Christine Lakinski, who suffered a number of medical problems, was making her way home with a box of laminate flooring when she fell ill and stumbled into a doorway.

Anderson, of Raby Road, Hartlepool, was at home with a friend. He had smoked a cannabis joint and been drinking when another friend arrived and they spotted the woman.

The three went out and Anderson initially tried to rouse her by kicking the soles of her feet but then went back to his house to get a bucket of water which he threw over her.

The vulnerable victim never responded and Anderson was heard by witnesses to say: "I'm just going to go and piss on her."

As he did so the incident was filmed on a mobile phone.

Anderson then got a tin of shaving foam from his home and covered her from head to foot before leaving her lying motionless in the doorway following the incident on July 26.

She was later declared dead at the scene and the cause of death later given as pancreatic failure.

During the incident the men were joined by a number of women. All were said to have laughed at his actions.

The two friends then got ready and went out for the night. Anderson was later found by police in a nightclub.

Lynne Dalton, prosecuting, today urged magistrates to transfer the case to Teesside Crown Court for sentencing claiming their maximum powers were insufficient.

She told the court that until January 2004 the charge of outraging public decency was an indictable offence and carried a maximum life sentence.

She said: "Although his actions did not contribute to her death it was appalling behaviour that robbed her of any dignity in the last hours of her life.

"It's small mercy that she did not know what was happening to her.

"No human being deserves the humiliation this lady was put through.

"Having heard the evidence, the maximum sentence you can impose is insufficient."

After Anderson admitted a single charge of outraging public decency, his solicitor, John Relton, told the court he was not opposing the application to have sentencing transferred.

He said: "My client's expectation was that you would not deal with this matter."

After the hearing, the woman's brother, Mark Lakinski, said: "We will await the outcome and just hope he gets what he deserves."

The hearing was adjourned until the week commencing October 22 at Teesside Crown Court and Anderson was granted unconditional bail.

He left court with a hooded top pulled up over his face.

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