A man caught having sex in view of dozens of children has avoided going to jail.
Mark Laird, 39, pleaded guilty to an offence of outraging public decency at about 4.30pm on April 14 in West Glebe Park, Corby, when he appeared before magistrates.
The father-of-two, of Rockingham Road, Corby, had been on a three-day alcohol and drug binge when he was seen engaging in sexual activity with a woman on a bench in full view of playing children.
A mum called police officers to the scene.
Prosecuting, Julie Costello said: “She’d seen a male and a female on a bench 20m from the skate park in full view of the open green area engaging in sexual activity.
“The male saw her looking but did not stop what they were doing. They were in front of children.
“There were 70 to 80 children in the skate park, 10 to 15 on the astro-turf, and 10 to 15 using the green area.”
Several more people approached the officers when they arrived to tell them the couple had moved to a wooded area next to the astro-turf.
When police arrived, they found the couple having sex on the floor.
They ordered them to stop but Laird did not stop immediately. He was arrested and taken into custody.
The female was not named in court and it is not known if she also faces charges.
Mitigating, Andy Gibson, said Laird had drink and alcohol problems and he was currently on sick leave from his job at Powdertech in Corby after an industrial accident.
He added: “The defendant has limited recollection of the incident.
“He had been drinking and taking drugs for three days to celebrate his birthday.
“He did not intend to cause any upset to the public.”
Laird was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison, suspended for six months, which means if he reoffends he must serve his full prison sentence.
He was also given an eight-week curfew banning him from leaving home between 7pm and 7am each day.
He was told to complete a six-month drug rehabilitation program and to pay £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.