Northern Ireland woman won’t face court for beach ‘sex acts’
A woman from Northern Ireland who allegedly shocked and upset beach-goers by appearing to carry out a sex act will not now face court.
The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute the 23-year-old Co Down woman who cavorted with an Englishman on a crowded public beach on the Isle of Wight.
The prosecution of Emma Martin was deemed not to be in the public interest after she repeatedly failed to appear for court hearings on the island.
The CPS would have had to instruct the PSNI to arrest the mother of two from Newtownards and transport her to the Isle of Wight at great expense.
After failing to appear in court last Thursday to face a charge of outraging public decency by performing simulated sex acts with Niki Lawrence, it was decided that the charges would be dropped.
Lawrence (28), from Croydon, had previously admitted outraging public decency on Sandown beach on June 12 by appearing to perform a sex act.
Witness statements said Miss Martin was seen “dancing around like a stripper and massaging her body”.
Heating engineer Lawrence was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £80 costs.
Lawrence’s girlfriend ditched him when she saw pictures of him and Martin in the national newspapers.
The pair had met at the Isle of Wight Festival and cavorted on Sandown beach.