A MOTHER performed a drunken sex act in view of shocked city centre office workers.
Helen Corbett was arrested by police after she was spotted carrying out the “five-minute act” on a man near Norfolk Street, in Sunniside.
The 43-year-old, who had been drinking heavily on the day of the offence, admitted committing an act outraging public decency, when she appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Paul Doney said: “At 5.25pm, witnesses looked out of their windows and saw the defendant crouched down in front of a man, who had his tracksuit bottoms pulled down, preforming a sex act.
“The police officer also witnessed the incident when he arrived at the scene.
“She gave a full admission when interviewed.”
The court heard how the couple, who were down a back alley, appeared unaware of office workers and passers-by witnessing the act.
Mitigating, David Peel said: “It is true that the incident was reported to police by the public, although it seems that they observed the defendant for a considerable period of time before doing so.”
Mr Peel said Corbett, a mother-of-two who is undergoing treatment for alcoholism, had suffered to come to terms with the “tragic death” of her partner.
It was also said that she was struggling to adapt to life on Wearside, having previously lived in Newcastle.
“She has been using alcohol as a coping strategy,” he said.
“She has no friends in Sunderland.
“There is nobody to help her and she feels alone.
“She misses her daughters.
“They are unwilling to travel to Sunderland to see her because they’re not keen of the hostel accommodation where she is staying.”
Corbett, of Norfolk Street, was given a nine-month community order with a supervision requirement for the offence, which was committed on March 13.
Mr Peel added: “Ms Corbett is deeply ashamed of the offence she is before the court.
“It is completely out of character. It was carried out under the influence of alcohol.”