Airport sex pornographers escape jail term

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Children these days may have seen many things, but holiday-makers should not have to run the risk of stumbling across a couple having sex in the airport car park. This was the judge's verdict, reports Clare Garner.

The cast of the video Public Places Volume 4, caught being filmed having sex on the bonnet of a car in the short-stay car park at Heathrow's Terminal 4, were yesterday conditionally discharged for 18 months.

Georgette Neale, a 23-year-old former page three girl, and her producer and co-star, Vincent Curran, 35, were spotted naked atop a silver Vauxhall Carlton on a cold November afternoon last year. They were found guilty of outraging public decency by a jury of eight men and four women who reached their decision after watching an eight-and-a-half minute recording of what had taken place.

Remarking on the pair's public performance, Judge Fergus Mitchell told Isleworth Crown Court: "What I am here to do is to protect the public from that sort of thing. I suppose children have seen everything these days, but people returning from their holidays hardly expect to find that in a terminal car park."

Neale, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, who was voted stripper of the year by readers of a tabloid newspaper, burst into tears when the judge delivered the verdict. She had turned to blue movie-making after her pounds 1,000-a-month glamour work dried up and said she had had no idea that the car park scene was illegal until she heard the police sirens.

Curran, an unemployed builder with two children, who has a previous conviction for possessing obscene articles with a view to publishing them for gain, was warned by the judge that he faced a "serious" risk of imprisonment.

The actors were being cheered on by a group ofbuilders when car park staff stumbled across the scene and called the police. Officers recovered a professional video camera, sex aids and 14 videos, seven of which were blue movies, from the car.

After a four-day trial, the jury took less than an hour to find Neale and Curran guilty on two counts of outraging public decency.

Curran was delighted with the verdict. "Let's go fly Concorde," he said afterwards. "I'm so happy, I was expecting to be sent to prison. I bought my bag with me to court today."

Their cameraman, Duncan Wright, 50, of Coventry, and lookout James Wright, 20, of Northampton, who is no relation, were convicted of two counts each of aiding and abetting. All four defendants were ordered to contribute to the Crown's pounds 1,866 prosecution bill.