Man prepared to address his ‘indecency’ problem

Court House-07Four indecent acts in public places offences led to an intensive supervision sentence, and community work for a 27-year-old in the Christchurch District Court.

Daniel Wayne Edwards was on bail for three indecent act charges, including one at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology last year.

Then in February this year he committed a further offence in the women’s public toilets next to the children’s playground in the Botanic Gardens.

Edwards stayed in the toilets for about an hour, and a woman spotted him naked in a corner cubicle.

Defence counsel David Bunce said Edwards knew he had a problem and was prepared to address it.

Judge David Saunders said young women were offended by Edwards’ behaviour, and it was always difficult to know what the impact of this type of offending might be on children after incidents like this.

A victim impact report said a woman was disgusted at his actions, and wanted him to get help to curb his sexual behaviour in public.

Judge Saunders sentenced Edwards to 12 months’ intensive supervision, with judicial monitoring, and 150 hours of community work.

Edwards is to be assessed by a psychologist and do any counselling or treatment programmes recommended.

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