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'Disgusting, disgraceful and depraved' pool cue sex act at Northwich pub

Winsford men sentenced for their part in filming the incident and outraging public decency

Chester Crown Court
Chester Crown Court

‘Disgusting, disgraceful and depraved’ was how a judge described the actions of four Winsford men involved in a public sex act using a pool cue.

The group admitted conducting and filming the incident, which was performed consensually on a teenage girl in a Northwich pub.

Explicit images taken from the footage were also put on Facebook.

Damon Furmedge, 25, of Stephenson Walk, Joshua Furmedge, 22, of Alundale Road, Robert Anderson, 33, of Chiltern Way, and Paul Snape, 30, of Beckenham Grove were sentenced for outraging public decency at Chester Crown Court on January 7.

All four men had already served time in prison after being taken into custody on charges of sexual assault, which were eventually dropped.

'Depraved activity'

Judge Roger Dutton said: “You all engaged in the most disgusting, disgraceful and depraved activity in a public house which should have never taken place.

“This girl should never have been abused in the way she was whether she consented or not.”

The incident happened in the pool room at the Slow and Easy Hotel in Manchester Road on January 11, 2015.

All four men and the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been drinking heavily through the day.

Joshua Furmedge began engaging in sexual activity with the teenage girl and ‘held her in position’.

His older brother started filming and handed the phone to Anderson before carrying out a sex act on the girl.

Girl wanted to be filmed

Simon Parry, prosecuting, said: “This was consensual and she wanted to be filmed.

“But this is somebody who was (a teenager) at the time and was under the influence of alcohol, she was still extremely vulnerable.”

The court heard the girl did not want to talk to police or press charges against the men. No one else in the pub witnessed the incident.

Judge Dutton said Anderson and Snape were ‘willing and enthusiastic supporters, but supporters only’.

Stills from the video were posted on a Facebook page, which it turned out was run by Damon Furmedge.

Retaliation

Philip Tully, defending, said the 25-year-old had uploaded the images in retaliation to pictures which had been shared by a friend of the girl involved in the incident.

The girl’s face was not shown but her aunt saw the posts on January 27 and recognised her from a piece of clothing.

Police found the stills and two minutes and 30 seconds of footage from the incident on Damon Furmedge’s phone when he was arrested.

Barristers for the defendants said they all ‘deeply regretted’ their actions.

Having initially been charged with sexual assault the men were taken into custody.

Sex assault charges dropped

Both Furmedge brothers and Snape served the equivalent of a 12-month sentence while Anderson served the equivalent of a nine-month sentence.

The more serious charges were dropped and all four men pleaded guilty to outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner on November 23.

Damon Furmedge admitted his added charge of distributing indecent photographs of a child.

He was sentenced to a two-year community order with supervision from the probation service.

Joshua Furmedge was handed a similar order for 12 months, while Anderson and Snape were given 12-month conditional discharges.

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