'Obscene' couple who had sex at Domino's pizza counter could face jail

A pizza the action: The couple’s offending tryst, left (PA)

A couple who had sex in a Domino’s takeaway been warned that they may face a custodial sentence for their “obscene and disgusting” acts.

Daniella Hirst, 28 and Craig Smith, 31, were waiting for their stuffed crust pizza when their “exuberant spirits” got the better of them, a court heard.

18 minutes of x-rated CCTV footage – which was shown in court – first shows Hirst straddling a wet-floor sign before she is thrown in a sex position mid-air by Smith.

She then slides down Smith’s trousers before appearing to perform oral sex, first standing and then crouching down on her knees.

Daniella Hirst pictured arriving at court (SWNS)
Craig Smith and Daniella Hirst (PA)

Hirst then leans over the counter while Smith, wearing a white top and dark jeans, pulls down her knickers and thrusts several times from behind just feet away from workers.

The pair perform the sex act largely shielded away from the camera out of shot in the corner of the takeaway shop in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

A court heard Hirst later described her behaviour as “horrendous” and she “cringed” when watching the CCTV footage back during police interview.

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North Yorkshire Police were first made aware of the footage by the local media after it was posted on Twitter by a member of the Domino’s staff.

Hirst pleaded guilty to committing ‘an act outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner’, while Smith – who was on remand for other offences – was found guilty in his absence.

The couple, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, had spent the weekend drinking and celebrating Smith’s birthday when they got the train to Scarborough on February 25 last year.

Defending, Scott McLaughlin – whose attempt to have the CCTV footage thrown out was rejected by magistrates – said: “This case speaks for itself.

“Clearly, they were in drink and let their exuberant spirits get the better of them. There is nothing sinister in relation to the acts themselves, they are quite guarded. They have not been brazen in their actions.”

He added: “Miss Hirst’s dirty laundry has been aired in public.”

The Scarborough branch of Domino’s, where the incident occurred (Google Street View)

Magistrate Angela Beardshall said: “The prosecution has not obtained this footage illegally although it may well be it was distributed improperly.

“A great deal of the acts were lude, obscene and disgusting. Members of staff were present and the defendants could not be sure that members of the public would not enter the premises.

“We view this offence as so serious that it passes the custody threshold. The offence was in a public place. Members of the public were present and so were staff. Members of the public should not have to put up with this disgusting behaviour.”

Both Hirst and Smith will be sentenced on October 17 at Scarborough Magistrates Court.

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