Drug taking pervert’s sex act on school field

MN pcs at Mags Court''David Weaving, 20, of Applewood Close, Belper, who was handed a suspended sentence at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on September 23, after pleading guilty to indecent exposure on a the  playing field of St John's C of E Primary School in Belper.''LEAD
MN pcs at Mags Court''David Weaving, 20, of Applewood Close, Belper, who was handed a suspended sentence at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on September 23, after pleading guilty to indecent exposure on a the playing field of St John's C of E Primary School in Belper.''LEAD

A pervert exposed himself to a couple for more than 30 minutes while high on drugs and drink on a primary school playing field.

David Weaving was spotted by the couple as they looked out of their upstairs window and on to the grounds of St John’s CE School in Belper.

They called police, telling officers he was lying on his back and touching himself inappropriately, a court heard.

Then, after Weaving noticed the couple had seen him, he moved to a covered area and carried on exposing himself to them.

Police arrested him and he told them he could not remember what he was doing because he had been drinking and had taken drugs.

But he pleaded guilty when he appeared before magistrates in Derby to intentionally exposing himself.

District Judge Morris Cooper was told that Weaving, of Applewood Close, Belper, failed to appear at court for hearings relating to the offence as he “panicked over what the outcome would be”.

Now he has been handed a 17-week sentence in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for 18 months, for the offence.

Gillian Foxcroft, prosecuting, told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court that the couple noticed Weaving in the school grounds shortly after 7am on March 11.

She said: “They saw the defendant lying on his back on a raised area of the ground touching himself inappropriately.

“He was in the position for some time and the lady says she thinks he noticed that they had spotted him because he got up and moved to a shaded area near to a tree.

“But she then said she saw him looking at her, continuing to touch himself.

“The whole incident lasted between 30 and 45 minutes.”

Miss Foxcroft said the couple called the police and the school and officers arrived at 7.45am.

She said the school caretaker ensured that no one could get to the lower part of the school grounds where Weaving, 20, was.

Miss Foxcroft said: “It is not clear from the police report whether or not the school was open at the time, but the conclusion of the offence is that it may well have been able for children to see what the defendant was doing.”

Stephanie Deane, for Weaver, said her client had no previous history of this type of offence.

She said: “This is an isolated incident that took place on an area of the school field that is away from the main building.

“It was early in the morning and it is unlikely the school was open at the time.

“There is no suggestion that he gets any form of sexual gratification from the act and he had taken drugs and drink in the early hours of that morning.

“He has no recollection of the event.”

District Judge Cooper also ordered that Weaving be placed under the supervision of the probation service for 18 months, must sign the sex offenders’ register for seven years, pay £200 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.