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.

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.

The man was fined for urinating in public

The man was fined for urinating in public

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.

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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.