Obscene public act attracts fine: Rockingham

A MAN was fined after performing an obscene act at the Rockingham foreshore when he appeared in Rockingham Magistrates Court on Monday.

David James Naughton, of Coodanup, pleaded guilty to the charge, along with being in possession of cannabis and a smoking pipe on August 15.

The prosecutor said Naughton was seen at 3.15pm on a Saturday, lying on a wall openly masturbating at the foreshore. He said several members of the public had complained and it was also picked up by CCTV cameras in the area.

Naughton had told police he had been on drugs and had fallen asleep and was not aware of what he was doing.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson said many people would have seen it.

“I don’t imagine many people would have been pleased with what you were doing,” he said. “There would have been others using the foreshore then, including women and children.

“If you keep doing that, you can expect to be going to jail.”

Naughton said he was disgusted with himself.

He was fined $150 for the cannabis, $100 for the pipe and a $500 for the obscene act.