Man who had sex in town centre is jailed but woman is let off with a fine

A man who had ‘al fresco’ sex with a stranger on the pavement in broad daylight has been jailed for 11 weeks.

Jonathon Pisani, 45, romped with Kate Jackson, 40, in front of passers-by in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, after they got chatting while she was waiting to catch a train home shortly before 4pm on August 10.

One onlooker alerted police thinking Jackson was being raped by Pisani, but council CCTV operators captured them kissing passionately outside a nearby nightclub.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard the camera then panned back to show the pair lying on the pavement cuddling each other before Jackson pulled Pisani on top of her while shoppers walked past.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to outraging public decency.

Jackson was fined £50 and given a 12-month community order last month.

But Pisani, who lives with his daughter in Oldham, was told by the district judge overseeing his case that ‘only immediate custody’ was an appropriate sentence.

He was jailed for 11 weeks and ordered to pay £213 in costs and a surcharge.

The incident occurred on August 10 this year after Jackson was her way to collect her dog from a property in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Prosecutor Gareth Hughes said: ‘Police received a call a 999 call from a member of the public and they believed that there was a female being raped on the floor in the road or on the pavement at a junction on Market Street in Stalybridge.

‘It was 15.43pm so in broad daylight in Stalybridge town centre. The council CCTV operators have then seen via the cameras Mr Pisani and Ms Jackson kissing outside Bar Liquid in Market Street.

‘The camera moves on briefly and comes back and the couple are lay on the pavement cuddling and then Ms Jackson pulls Pisani on top of her and they start having sex on the pavement.

‘Members of the public can be seen in the vicinity walking past whilst this is going on and it is seen by numerous people at what was a fairly busy time of the day.

‘Police officers attended and arrested the pair. They were interviewed and no comment was made in interview from both parties. Both accept it and have pleaded guilty.’

Defending Pisani, Ian Ridgway asked the judge for any custodial sentence to be suspended, adding: ‘He has mental health issues and is trying to get treatment from his doctor.

‘He is living with his daughter and has his benefits paid to his daughter’s account. He has been in contact with the probation service and has been working positively with them to get his life back on track.’

But District Judge Bernard Begley told him: ‘Members of the public were going about their daily business. One of them drew this offence to the attention of police as they thought your co-accused was being raped.

‘This was an appalling offence committed in broad daylight in the middle of the summer. You have previous convictions, albeit it not for anything like this, and were subject to a conditional discharge.

‘It may well be that the woman in this case was dealt with in a particular way, but only immediate custody can be imposed in your case.’

At the earlier hearing Jackson was said to be ‘highly embarrassed’ by the incident.

Her lawyer Christopher Squibbs said: ‘She’s embarrassed by what’s going on in literally in broad daylight and the implications are clear.’

He added: ‘She had a dog in Ashton and was trying to get a train back. The trains were not running from Ashton so she found her way to Stalybridge and was told there was going to be a delay for a train.

‘She was waiting outside and then struck up a conversation with a male and after being offered White Storm cider, her recollection then becomes particularly hazy.

‘She has medication for bipolar and personality disorder and taking particularly strong alcohol is likely to have led to this situation happening and it’s highly embarrassing for her.

‘She now wants to move forward.’

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