A man has avoided prison after he was caught committing a sex act in front of children playing in a primary school playground.
Alemshah Amin hung around outside Sacred Heart Primary School, in Fenham, Newcastle, for several hours on two days in June this year, briefly interacting with a child on one occasion. On both occasions, he stayed until caught by staff.
When arrested he claimed he had just being going to the toilet despite the fact he could have walked to his home in just one minute.
Anne Richardson, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court: “One two occasions he loitered in the vicinity of the school for several hours, hiding in bushes around the site and masturbating while looking into the school yard when children were playing.
On both occasions he remained there until caught in the act by staff.” He was arrested on the second occasion and interviewed by police.
Miss Richardson said: “He said, despite his home address being less than a minute’s walk away, he had been caught short, desperate to use the lavatory. He then shook his penis to clean it and it became sore and he said he relieved the soreness by shaking it more with his hand.”
Amin, 27, of Lotus Place, Fenham, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two offences of outraging public decency. Because of time served on remand, he was given an 18-month community order with rehabilitation. He will also be subject to sex offender registration for five years and a sexual harm prevention order for the same period which bans him from waiting outside any school or educational facility for under-18s.
Recorder Richard Wright KC told him: “You have pleaded guilty to serious offences of outraging public decency. These are offences that involved you masturbating in pubic outside the Sacred Heart Primary School in this city.