Man fought after police stopped sex in public

RiccartonA man had sex with a woman in full public view in a reserve in Riccarton Road and then fought with the police who tried to intervene.

Thirty-eight-year-old Nathan Terence McManus was on day leave from the Nova House rehabilitation programme when he had sex with a former girlfriend in the reserve.

The woman appeared in court on February 7 and was fined $750 on the charge of doing an indecent act in a public place.

Judge Christopher Somerville said he would have to deal with McManus differently because of what happened after the police intervened. He was also told that McManus had two previous convictions for doing an indecent act.

McManus pleaded guilty to charges of doing an indecent act in public in the Shands Crescent Reserve on Riccarton Road, and resisting arrest.

Police prosecutor Stephen Burdes said the sex took place at 10am, in full view of the public and children. McManus continued to have sex when the police arrived and required him to stop. He verbally abused the police and kept going.

After his third warning he rolled away and ran off, but fell over a rock about 5m away.

He was told to calm down but continued to refuse to comply with police demands and said he had done nothing wrong. He threatened to kill police and struggled as he was handcuffed. He spat towards the arresting officer as he was transported to the police station in a patrol car.

Defence counsel Bridget Ayrey said McManus had been having his second day leave from Nova House and had chosen to spend time with a previous girlfriend, who was also an alcoholic. Miss Ayrey said: “The relationship is now over, because of the inherent dangers they present to each other.”

Judge Somerville said his principal concern was what happened after the police arrived. He said: “It was extreme behaviour requiring a large number of police to contain you. That is a complete waste of police resources. The whole thing was just unnecessary.”

He added 50 hours to a 200-hour community work sentence that McManus is already serving. He remains on the rehabilitation programme.

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