Drunk Man Caught 'Trying To Have Sex With A Traffic Cone'
We've all done something daft under the influence of alcohol. Most people can recount an incident involving a traffic cone, but not many will come close to Trevor Smith's experience.
It all began on 14 April when the 48-year-old was seen sitting on the floor with his trousers and underwear pulled down with an upturned cone on his lap.
Smith was 'thrusting his hips' towards the object at Wigan Northern Western station - you could have taken it somewhere better, mate.
romantic indecent encounter was witnessed by two members of staff, who called the police. When officers arrived, they discovered Smith on top of the cone this time - with his pants still down.
Smith pleaded guilty at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court to outraging public decency during the drunken incident at a previous hearing.
The court was told that at around 9.30pm, a Virgin Rail worker asked a colleague to join him in the lift up to one of the station platforms. As they looked through the lift's window, they saw Smith sitting on the floor with the cone on his lap.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, one of the men said he was 'disgusted and shocked' at what he saw.
He said: "I believe he was trying to have sex with the cone. I was in complete shock. I have not seen anything like that in all my time working on the railways.
"He was in a location where anyone, including children, could have walked in and seen him and should be ashamed of himself."
His colleague said that Smith was 'clearly' under the influence of drugs and did not appear to be aware of what he was doing.
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While one of the workers contacted British Transport Police, the other tried to stop people from seeing what was happening.
After realising police had arrived and were watching him, Smith pulled up his pants. Officers approached him and detected remnants of white powder around his face.
A snap-bag of what appeared to be drugs was also found on the lift floor and, as a result, Smith was arrested on suspicion of a drugs offence. No further action was taken on that matter.
He was then de-arrested and allowed to return for voluntary interview the following day. He told police he had spent the hours leading up to the incident drinking heavily and watching football.
Friends thought that he was getting 'down' so they gave him some white powder, which Smith believed to be cocaine, to perk him up, the court heard.
He told officers he had gone to catch the train home and entered the lift thinking it was a locked room and that was all he could remember, said Tess Kenyon, prosecuting.
The court heard Smith had two previous convictions for public sex acts. The first was from 2012 when a woman caught him performing a sex act naked and 'on all fours' on the roof of a kitchen. He received a conditional discharge.
The next was in 2015 when he was found performing an indecent act while covered in a blanket inside a car. A three-year community order was imposed by Liverpool Crown Court, which Smith then breached.
The order was revoked and he was handed a three month prison sentence.
In this most recent case, magistrates decided that, in light of Smith's previous offending, its powers were not sufficient to sentence him and his case was sent to Crown Court. He was remanded on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on 24 October.
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