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Man admits 'simulated' sex act on Isle of Wight beach

A 28-year-old man has admitted sexual activity with a topless woman in front of 80 people on a popular Isle of Wight beach.

Newport Magistrates' Court heard Niki Lawrence, from Croydon, south London, was heavily drunk when he "simulated" oral sex at Sandown Beach on 12 June.

Lawrence and Emma Martin, 22, of Northern Ireland, were arrested after "disgusted" onlookers called police.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to a charge of outraging public decency.

The court heard the heating engineer had come to the island for the Isle of Wight Festival and had had an argument with his girlfriend before the incident.

After drinking through the night, he then continued drinking more alcohol during the morning of the incident.

Ms Martin was a guest in the same hotel, and they went for a drink together, the court was told.

They later went to the beach, where, in full view of about 80 people including children, Ms Martin stripped until she was wearing only a thong and began "massaging herself".

She then "gyrated" on top of Lawrence before he simulated oral sex on her, the court heard.

Prosecutors say the pair were engaged in "some sort of sex on the beach" but the defence said Lawrence only "simulated" the act on Ms Martin.

'Succumbed to advances'

Ann Smout, prosecuting, relayed eyewitness accounts to the court, including from Sean Ware, owner of the nearby Driftwood Bar.

"He saw him move her underwear and perform an oral sex act in public on Miss Martin in front of 80 members of the public," Ms Smout said.

Robert Twell, defending, said that Lawrence, who kept his shorts on during the incident, was heavily drunk and had succumbed to the advances of Miss Martin after having an argument with his girlfriend.

"He didn't intend anything inappropriate to happen in public, if they were going to have sex they would have gone to the hotel," Mr Twell said.

The court heard that Ms Martin was arrested over the incident but failed to answer police bail.

Lawrence will be sentenced at a later date.

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