Couple, 61, caught having sex at cricket club by horrified 11-year-old girl
David Baker and Carol McCann outside Sefton Magistrates Court (Image: Liverpool Echo)
A horrified 11-year-old girl saw a couple having sex in a parked car at a well-known Merseyside cricket club.
The child and her mother spotted David Baker and Carol McCann, both 61, inside a grey coloured car parked up at Northern Cricket club in Great Crosby on a spring afternoon.
The couple were later charged with outraging public decency by having sex in view of the public.
Baker, of Catterick Fold, Southport, and McCann, of Caithness Drive Crosby, both pleaded guilty during a hearing at Sefton Magistrates today.
But the pair insist they weren't having sex.
They instead described a series of unfortunate events, involving a can of coke, which led to them being found in the position.
Prosecutor Sarah Egan told the court how the mum and daughter noticed Baker 'naked, and facing the rear of the car.'
Baker was moving 'back and forward' and there was a woman below him.
The mum's 11-year-old daughter said to her: "Mum, are they doing what I think they are doing?"
The mum then approached the car with a second adult, which was in the overflow car park at Northern Cricket club.
As they approached the car one of the women said to Baker and McCann: "What do you think you are doing?"
David Baker pictured leaving South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle. (Image: Liverpool Echo/James Maloney)
Ms Egan said: "At this point Mr Baker pulled up his trousers. Ms McCann made no effort to put her clothes on."
The two women took a photograph of the couple in the car.
The incident happened at around 2.30pm on April 12 this year.
Ms McCann, a dinner lady from Crosby, told the police that Baker had spilt a can of coke over her and that she had been trying to change her clothes.
She told police that although she was topless she had her knickers on.
The court heard that the couple had known each other in their youth but bumped into each other at Goodison Park.
The chance encounter at the football led to a six-month affair.
On the day of the incident McCann had picked up Baker, who was married, at Blundellsands station.
They were planning on driving to Formby.
Nick Archer, who defended Baker, said that although his client admitted the offence he did not have sex with McCann in the car.
Carol McCann pictured leaving South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle. (Image: Liverpool Echo/James Maloney)
He explained how when Baker opened a can of coke in the car it went all over McCann.
Baker had spare clothes and decided to use the overflow car park at Northern Cricket club to get changed.
But when she started to get changed 'one thing led to another.'
Mr Archer said that although the witnesses thought the couple were having sex this was not the case.
He said: "It may have looked like it, but it was not actual sex.
"Mr Baker's coke had gone everywhere in the car. She knew there was an overflow carpark at the cricket club. It was a safe place for her to get changed. But due to an event on that day, people decided to use the carpark.
"It was a number of coincidences. One thing led to another, but it was short of intercourse. Obviously my client is full of shame and embarrassment He has had to explain it to his family."
Joe Woodyatt, defending McCann, said that she did not have sex with Baker on the day of the incident.
But that she was ashamed and sorry for what happened.
Sefton Magistrates ordered Baker and McCann to do 100 hours unpaid work each. They were each ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £85.
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My view: Well no one expect the couple to say they were having sex in a public area. Getting it on in public can make bystanders uncomfortable