Guilty plea for canal sex man

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A man will have to wait to learn his fate after he admitted outraging public decency by having sex on a canal towpath.

Adam Dempsey, 28, of Union Street South, Halifax, will appear at Bradford Crown Court after being committed by magistrates.

Dempsey had previously denied the charge despite the woman he was with, Toni Keane, pleading guilty and being sentenced to 56 days for the incident.

Calderdale Magistrates Court heard that two women were out walking their dogs on the footpath next to the Calder and Hebble Navigation, off Stainland Road, on August 29 this year.

They heard someone shout “don’t look” and turned to see Keane performing oral sex on Dempsey.

The walkers moved on but when they returned Dempsey and Keane were still there and had progressed to full intercourse.

Dempsey was arrested and the court heard he told officers that Keane had approached him for sex and “it wasn’t very often he got an offer like that” and he thought they were more secluded.

Sarah Guttman, mitigating, said: “He was incredibly embarrassed in the sober light of day.

“He doesn’t want the court to think he goes round doing it all the time.”

Dempsey also faced a charge of possession of a knife in Halifax Town Centre on May 4.

He pleaded guilty to that offence and will be sentenced for all matters on October 19 at Bradford Crown Court.

He denied a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm and will appear before magistrates again on October 16.