Mansfield man ordered to pay £405 for spending a penny in public

A man has been ordered to pay a total £405 after being prosecuted by Mansfield District Council for urinating in public in the town centre.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 10:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 10:25 am

Jan Gasik, aged 28, of Commercial Gate, Mansfield, was found guilty of the offence in his absence and after failing to enter a plea to a charge of breaching the council’s Public Spaces Protection Order.

He was fined £220 by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in Derby on 7 November and ordered to pay £155 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Magistrates were told that the offence happened in Eclipse Yard at 1.30pm on 5 April 2018.

The man was fined for urinating in public

A witness to the offence reported the incident to council Neighbourhood Wardens who were nearby. The wardens caught up with the offender and issued him with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice. However, he failed to pay the penalty notice and so the case was taken to court.

Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, said: “This kind of behaviour is not acceptable. It is simply anti-social and the council will prosecute people who commit this kind of offence whenever it can.

“We want this district to be a safe and pleasant place and no one wants to see people doing this kind of thing. There is rarely an excusable reason for it.