Couple found guilty of performing sex act during Paloma Faith concert

Lisanne Beck and Simon Murphy pleaded not guilty at Old Bailey hearing

A couple have been convicted of outraging public decency after indulging in a sex act during a concert at which Paloma Faith was performing.

Lisanne Beck and Simon Murphy of Swansea were found guilty by a unanimous jury at the Old Bailey in London today (August 12). The couple behaved indecently by engaging in sexual activity including oral sex. The pair denied all charges with Beck claiming she was trying to wake her partner, who was asleep at the time.


Prosecutor Tom Cleeve had earlier told the court that the couple carried out the act in full view of other members of public at the concert and that their behaviour went “beyond the bounds of public decency”.


The incident took place at Hyde Park on September 14 last year during a Radio 2 concert. Paloma Faith, Chrissie Hynde, Blondie and Billy Ocean all performed at the event, which was headlined by Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

During the trial the court heard how the couple became intimate during Paloma Faith’s performance. One witness, Mike Holden, told the court he was so disgusted he began filming the couple using his phone. This footage was passed on to police and shown in court.

“Lisanne didn’t perform this on me and didn’t perform it on anyone else. I would have noticed if she had,” Murphy told the court.

The couple are due to be sentenced this afternoon.


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