Thirroul flasher was 'just changing his clothes'

A homeless man has been placed on a good behaviour bond after he was caught performing a sexual act with a milk bottle in broad daylight in Thirroul.

Paul John Cummins, 57, pleaded guilty in Wollongong Local Court on Friday to one charge of obscene exposure in a public place stemming from the December 2013 incident, which occurred in the grounds of St Michael’s Church.

The court heard a member of the public noticed a semi-naked Cummins hiding behind a brick wall in the church grounds around 5pm on a Sunday and contacted police.

When officers arrived 10 minutes later they found Cummins, who by this time was completely naked, standing near a toilet block in the grounds.

He was facing away from them, however officers reported seeing him ‘‘thrusting’’ in the direction of a doorway.

When they approached him he grabbed a pair of pants from nearby and quickly dressed.

Police discovered what they described as ‘‘an elaborate set-up’’ involving a milk bottle that had been suspended in the air by ‘occy’ straps.

Officers said Cummins was using the device to perform a sexual act.

When asked what he was doing, Cummins said he was just changing his clothes.

He was arrested on the spot.

Police documents presented to the court on Friday outlined the concerns of responding officers, who said where Cummins performed the act was in clear view of Station Street, a busy thoroughfare between the railway station and Thirroul CBD.

They also noted it was ‘‘a clear and sunny afternoon’’ in the popular tourist town.