'I was not exposing myself to child. I was treating hernia'
A father-of-two who indecently exposed himself to a young mother and her son in a city park has claimed he was applying ointment to a hernia.
Raymond Omoruyi Ade (27) admitted he pulled down his trousers and underwear at Merrion Square Park, but said he did not realise he was in full view of the woman and child.
Omoruyi Ade, an out-of-work kitchen porter, went on to hurl abuse at gardai when they arrived after the woman reported him. A judge remanded him on continuing bail for the production of a medical report backing up his claim.
The defendant, formerly of Bantry Square, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to one count of indecency. The court heard gardai received a call that a man was exposing himself "to a lady and young boy" in Merrion Square Park. When they arrived, the woman identified Omoruyi Ade and the officers spoke to him. He became very aggressive and abusive and was arrested.
Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said the accused, from Nigeria, had been in Ireland since 2001. He had three previous convictions for minor offences and had been given the benefit of the Probation Act and fined for them.
The accused had separated from his wife two years ago and things "hadn't gone well for him" since then.
"He is now living in a hostel and on the day in question, the hostel was very crowded, he was having a very bad day and he went to the park to get some air," Ms Jackson said. "He suffers from a hernia and didn't realise there were people around. He did take down his trousers to relieve himself with some ointment that was prescribed by a doctor." The accused "thoroughly regretted" the incident.
Judge William Hamill said this was not "what the charge sheet said he did", and went on to question the accused's reply to the charge, in which he stated: "I have international missions."
The judge also pointed out that there was no medical report about the hernia before the court, and asked: "So the ointment is self-diagnosis?" Ms Jackson said the accused had only been able to afford to go to his doctor for treatment and prescription, had no medical card and could not afford to return to get a report.