Those Two Streakers Who Tried To Crowdfund For Their Nudie Run Fines Have Had Their Convictions Quashed

"Indecent" but not "obscene"

Those Two Streakers Who Tried To Crowdfund For Their Nudie Run Fines Have Had Their Convictions Quashed AAP

Two carpenters from the Central Coast have had their conviction for streaking across the Sydney Cricket Ground overturned after a judge ruled they were "indecent" but not "obscene".

Chad Martin Sharp and Josh Hudson jumped the fence at a Big Bash match in January 2017 after crowdfunding for the fines they expected to cop.

Once promised $800, the cousins stripped off and ran naked across the ground while 40,000 fans cheered them on, with Sharp even grabbing for a stump at the crease before being tackled by security.

The pair were eventually handed a fine of $2,500 each for entering enclosed grounds as well as a conviction of wilful and obscene exposure in a public place in November last year.

But yesterday Judge Christopher Armitage "reluctantly" overturned the conviction after Sharp and Hudson argued that their behaviour did not meet the definition of obscene.

"It gets down, I think, to a question of whether it can be said that he behaviour of the appellants was obscene in the sense of which the authorities have spoken of it... as opposed to simply indecent," Judge Armitage told the Dowling Centre District Court.

"It is with a considerable reluctance I have reached the view that it does not rise as high as to fall within the description of obscene."

Judge Armitage did uphold the $2,500 fines, saying that there should be some kind of deterrent.

"If you do anything remotely like this in the future something more serious will happen," he added.

 

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