A couple who had sex in a Domino’s pizza outlet while waiting for their food have been warned that they could be facing jail sentences.
Daniella Hirst pleaded guilty to outraging public decency, while Craig Smith was found guilty in his absence after a trial that lasted barely half an hour at Scarborough Magistrates Court.
Magistrate Angela Beardshall told Hirst, 29, that the offence is ‘so serious that it passes the custody threshold’, adding: ‘Members of the public should not have to put up with this disgusting behaviour.’
The evidence in the short trial consisted almost exclusively of the 18-minute long CCTV footage taken from inside the shop in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
Hirst, of Gypsey Road, Bridlington, sat at the back of the courtroom and covered her eyes during the more explicit parts of the clip.
It showed her straddling a wet-floor sign before being thrown into a sex position mid-air by Smith, 31.
She then pulled down his trousers and performed oral sex, before the couple had sex against the counter, just feet from workers cooking their stuffed crust pizza.
The sex act was performed mostly out of shot of the camera, but delivery workers can be seen entering and leaving the takeaway shop during the footage.
The court heard Hirst later ‘cringed’ at the footage during a police interview and described her behaviour as ‘horrendous’.
The couple had spent the weekend drinking and celebrating Smith’s birthday when they decided to order a pizza.
Neil Holdsworth, prosecuting, said: ‘This case is about an occasion where the two defendants engaged in sexual activity in a Domino’s pizza outlet which was open to the public, with members of staff present.’
Scott McLaughlin, defending, said: ‘This case speaks for itself. Clearly, they were in drink and let their exuberant spirits get the better of them.
‘There is nothing sinister in relation to the acts themselves, they are quite guarded.
‘Miss Hirst’s dirty laundry has been aired in public.’
Magistrate Angela Beardshall said: ‘A great deal of the acts were lude, obscene and disgusting.
‘Members of staff were present and the defendants could not be sure that members of the public would not enter the premises.
‘We view this offence as so serious that it passes the custody threshold.’