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Friday, September 9, 2016

"Asylum seeker" masturbated in street 'because he could no longer afford prostitutes'

You just can't make this stuff up

(South Wales Evening Post)  -  An asylum seeker caught masturbating in the centre of Swansea as shoppers passed by said he did it because he could no longer afford prostitutes.
Iraqi-born Fershid Halmat Hemdadi was told he had "outraged public decency" with a "lewd, obscene or disgusting" act when he pleasured himself outside Primark in the middle of the day on July 25.
The young man, who claimed to be 23 but gave the court three different ages, was in the public lane which links Oxford Street with McDonald's on the afternoon of July 25 when he was spotted with his hands thrust down his trousers.
Swansea Magistrates Court today heard he had been refused a cigarette from a woman next to St Mary's Church when he wandered into the alley.
When Swansea Council employee Alex Dubens apprehended him and asked if he had been masturbating, he replied "yes but I did not finish", adding that he had to do it there because he "didn't have anywhere else to go".
"It was very blasé. He didn't seem to comprehend the gravity of what he'd done," said Mr Dubens.
Hemdadi told the arresting officer: "I was just w******, I've got nowhere else to go" and later said: "They [women passing in a car] seduced me and I w***** and told them 'do you want to follow me, they said no, no, no'."
During his trial, Hemdadi pleaded not guilty to the act, claiming the lane was not public.
The court was shown a video of police questioning Hemdadi, where he put his hands down his trousers and made fast up and down movements to demonstrate what he had done.
Hemdadi laughed while the video was played.
When he tried to demonstrate in court what had happened on that fateful day, he was quickly told to stop by magistrate Nell Brown.
He went on to explain he had been given a 25-year prison sentence in Iraq and after an early release he had fled the country for his safety.
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