Man sentenced for flashing his genitals on train
A JUDGE was told that a Sunshine Coast man had a concoction of anti-depressants and alcohol in his system when he flashed his genitals at two girls on a train.
He also hit one of the girls in the back of the head with his private parts.
Aroona man Warren Brian Anthony Jones, 27, was ordered to be released from jail on probation on Wednesday as he had already spent 101/2 months behind bars.
During his sentencing hearing at Brisbane District Court, Judge Brad Farr said Jones had been behind bars for longer on remand than he would have been sentenced to.
The court heard his partner had given birth to twins while he was in jail.
Jones pleaded guilty to sexual assault, common assault and two acts of an indecent act.
At about 3.20pm on October 29 last year, Jones was on a train in the Sunshine Coast area when he tried to speak to one of the girls.
She was looking out the window, trying to avoid him, when he grabbed her face.
He then pulled up his shirt and pulled down his pants and asked if the girls wanted to see his genitals.
One of the girls looked away and Jones hit her on the back of the head with his penis.
Jones's defence barrister Tim Ryan said all of the offences occurred within about a minute.
Mr Ryan also said the circumstances around the sexual assault charge were unusual because he was not seeking sexual gratification.
"He made a nuisance of himself on the train at a time when he was grossly intoxicated," Mr Ryan said.
"He acknowledges how colossally stupid this behaviour was."
Jones has used marijuana since he was a teenager, Mr Ryan said, that had progressed into a significant problem with alcohol.
The barrister also said Jones was serious about dealing with his alcohol problems and now had a powerful incentive - his children.
Judge Farr said Jones, who had a criminal history involving violence, nuisance and drug offences, acted in a "rude and disgraceful" manner towards the girls on the train and that it would have been frightening for them.
Judge Farr also said Jones had not performed well on probation in the past but that he was giving him one more chance because he was on the way towards rehabilitation.
He was sentenced to two years on probation, taking into account the time he had already spent behind bars, and was released under the supervision of a corrective services officer.
Jones also faces a string of other less serious charges but these were adjourned back to the magistrates court after Judge Farr highlighted some problems with the police facts.
- ARM NEWSDESK