Blokes busted bonking in bushes beside beach
TOWNSVILLE police officers witnessed an unwelcome sight after interrupting two men going at it in the bushes near the beach at Pallerenda.
A court has heard how the officers were conducting a foot patrol at beach access number 10 at 2.15pm on March 14, 2021 - an area frequently used by members of the public.
Police prosecutor Cody Rowe said they were 30m down the track and about 20m away from the beach when the spotted two men off the track, under a tree.
"As police got closer, they observed that both males were completely naked, and clothing had been scattered on the ground at their feet," Mr Rowe said.
"Police observed that one of the males was bent over and the other male was making a thrusting motion with his hips towards the rear pelvic area of the other male.
"Police announced their presence and both males stopped and turned towards police."
One of the offenders, Robert Wayne Marshall, appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to committing an indecent act in any place to which public are permitted to access.
Defence lawyer Ralph Lake said his client was a 63-year-old grandfather who was required to exercise regularly to address his reduced lung capacity as a result of the tuberculosis he contracted serving in the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea.
He said Marshall was propositioned during a 4km walk, the "act ensued" and he regretted what happened.
In the interests of parity, he advised that Marshall's co-accused had already been fined $450 by the court.
Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton said where the act took place was of concern given that the area was frequented by families with young children.
Given Marshall's regret and lack of previous offending of a like nature, the magistrate fined him $450 and didn't record a conviction.
Pallerenda was one of the locations previously reported by the Townsville Bulletin where public sex acts commonly referred to as "dogging" took place.
Originally published as Blokes busted bonking in bushes beside beach