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Man admits indecently exposing himself in front of husband and wife walking dog at Ballymena beauty spot

By Nevin Farrell

Published 24/11/2016

Michael Mark from Ballymena leaves Ballymena Magistrate Court after pleading guilty to indecent exposure at Ballymena beautyspot Currells Avenue. Picture Mark Jamieson.
Michael Mark from Ballymena leaves Ballymena Magistrate Court after pleading guilty to indecent exposure at Ballymena beautyspot Currells Avenue. Picture Mark Jamieson.

A man has pleaded guilty to indecently exposing himself and performing a sex act in front of a husband and wife out for an afternoon stroll with their dog in Ballymena.

The court also heard there were boys as young as 11 in the area at the time.

Michael Mark (52) of Hazelwood Terrace, in Craigywarren near Ballymena, appeared at the town's magistrates' court on Thursday where he admitted a charge of indecent exposure.

He committed the offence at Currells Avenue on the banks of the River Braid at 4.50pm on Monday August 22.

Mark was charged with intentionally exposing his genitals intending that a male and female would see them and be caused alarm or distress.

Originally the case had been listed as a contest but he pleaded guilty to the exposure charge after a second charge of indecent behaviour in a public place was dropped.

A prosecutor said the husband and wife, were out walking their dog at Currells Avenue which she described as a public nature walkway, when they saw a man standing with his trousers down below his knees performing a sex act upon himself with one hand while his other hand was placed on his "rear".

The prosecutor said there were other people in the area at the time including boys thought to have been as young as 11 years old.

Police were called and caught Mark denied exposing himself.

He said he was on his holidays and had cycled to the scene before stopping for a drink and a smoke.

However, at court he entered a guilty plea.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said his client had a clear record.

District Judge Peter King adjourned sentencing until December ordering reports prepared in the case before Mark appears again.

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