TOO much drinking at a 50th birthday bash had a shameful ending for former North Albury cricket captain Greg Daniel.
Daniel was one of about 200 people who attended the invitation-only celebration at the Splitters Creek community hall.
And he was one of the many party-goers on two buses hired to take them into Albury after the bar closed.
Soon after getting off the bus at the western end of Dean Street about 1.30am on December 2 last year, he and a couple of mates urinated in the boundary hedge of the Albury Botanic Gardens.
Daniel, who had his jeans down around his ankles, turned, exposing his penis to a woman who he knew and who had also been to the party.
One of two women alleged to have been the victims of Daniel’s actions complained to police 17 days later and he was charged.
Yesterday Daniel, 31, first pleaded not guilty to two counts of wilful and obscene exposure in a public place and a third charge of committing an act of indecency with a person 16 years or over.
One of the women was halfway through giving evidence yesterday when proceedings were halted.
Prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis and defence solicitor Tim Hemsley returned 30 minutes later to tell the magistrate, Megan Greenwood, they had agreed to drop two charges and amend one.
Daniel, a plasterer by trade, then pleaded guilty to one count of wilful and obscene exposure in Dean Street, Albury.
Mr Hemsley told Ms Greenwood that about the only positive that could be said for Daniel was his victim did not have to give evidence.
Ms Greenwood told Daniel there was no excuse “for that kind of conduct”.
“It doesn’t matter whether you were drunk or not,” she said.
“I’m sure this is something that really should give you some pause for thought in the future.”
The woman who gave evidence was asked just how drunk she and the other woman, Daniel’s victim, would have been at the party.
On a scale of one for “drunk” to 10 for “paraletic”, she replied: “A 10.”
Sgt Lewis referred the woman to a comment in her statement in which she told of seeing Daniel on the gardens’ corner with the victim.
The woman told police that “I thought his right hand was close to his groin area and he was moving it (his hand).”
In reply yesterday, the woman said “yes”, Daniel was moving his hand but “for all I know he was pulling up his fly”.
The woman told the court that because she saw Daniel’s buttocks, she assumed he was also exposing his penis.
Ms Greenwood fined Daniel $550 without conviction.
Daniel — who announced a few months ago that he would play for Wangaratta and District Cricket Association club City Colts this summer — then quickly left the court.