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Couple found guilty of having sex at concert

Simon Murphy and Lisanne Beck
Simon Murphy and Lisanne Beck

A couple have been found guilty of outraging public decency by indulging in a sex act during a crowded BBC Radio 2 concert in Hyde Park.

Lisanne Beck, 47, and her boyfriend Simon Murphy, 48, were filmed on a mobile phone locked in lewd behaviour at the family event on September 14 last year.

A jury at the Old Bailey unanimously found Beck, a hospitality waitress, and Murphy, a gardener, both of Swansea, guilty of behaving indecently by engaging in sexual activity including oral sex.

In her testimony, Beck said she was only trying to wake up Murphy to get him to the toilet.

The couple were filmed on a mobile phone by one concert-goer who said he was "shocked" by what he saw, the jury heard.

An off-duty policeman and children were among the nearby members of the public who spotted the incident and an adult "shielded" a young girl from it, the court heard.

The couple had each drunk about three or four cans of cider before arriving at the venue. Beck said she also had drunk from a pre-mixed bottle of vodka and cola. "I was tipsy and merry. I was not really drunk," she said.

Murphy seemed normal and " just happy" when they were at the event, Beck claimed.

She said that she could not move Murphy, who was lying on the ground, because he was "dead weight" and denies that anything sexual happened.

The next thing she recalls was security, who had been alerted by complaints about her behaviour, coming to throw the couple out of the event.

Beck, a hospitality waitress, and Murphy, a gardener, both of Swansea, deny a charge of outraging public decency.

They have pleaded not guilty to behaving indecently by engaging in sexual activity including oral sex.

The alleged incident happened after Beck came back from the toilets and Murphy was on the ground.

Beck said that to have sex in a busy park would be a "ridiculous thing".

She told the jury: "It is not something I would ever do in my life. I do not need to do that. I have no desire to do that as a mature person.

"I am not a crazy teenager in a first relationship. We are a mature couple and are not interested in doing anything as outrageous like that."

She flatly denied pleasuring Murphy, saying: " I am not lying. I did not have sex in the park."

Beck and Murphy stood quietly in the dock as Judge Charles Wide QC told them that they "both need to be taught a lesson by being fined" for this "particularly revolting behaviour in public" where a large number of people, possibly including children, could see what they were doing.

He ordered them to each £1,000 to be paid by November 13 or face 21 days in prison if they fail to pay it. They must also each pay £1,750 in prosecution costs.

The jury took just under three hours to reach its verdicts.

The judge told the couple: "The fact that you are in the crown court is something that you have entirely brought on yourself by electing trial and by not admitting what you were both doing - that does not aggravate the offence, and I make that clear, but it puts the public to considerable expense. "

He said there was "no doubt what you were doing".

As he brought the case to a close, the judge told the couple: "I hope that no court ever sees either of you again."

He also turned to the jury and described this as "a highly unusual case".