A Koonawarra man has been fined $600 for obscene exposure after he was caught masturbating at a children’s playground.
Damien Mark Paul Nicollini, 36, admitted to the act at Koonawarra’s Lakeside Park about 10pm on August 29, following a fight with his wife earlier in the night.
Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday heard two witnesses who drove into the park saw Nicollini climb onto the children’s play equipment, pull his pants down and begin to masturbate.
He then pulled up his pants and moved to the swing set, where he again began to masturbate.
He repeated this at a nearby table, and again when he moved into bushes.
The witnesses left the park and drove a short distance down the road to contact police.
They then returned to the park to observe Nicollini while waiting for police.
Officers arrived a short time later and found Nicollini hiding in bush near the playground.
According to a set of police facts tendered to the court, Nicollini readily admitted to the act in the park, telling officers he’d had a fight with his pregnant wife and did not think he’d done anything wrong in the park as he believed he was in a secluded area.