Mother-of-four, 35, performed sex acts in Liverpool city centre and posted video online, court hears

Mother-of-four, 35, who performed sex acts in Liverpool city centre then posted videos of them online grinned when police showed her the footage, court hears

  • Kelly Cousins, 35, admitted to posting videos of her performing public sex acts 
  • She allegedly had sex with Joe Firby, 23, in Liverpool city centre last month
  • Cousins will be sentenced next month, a warrant was issued for Firby’s arrest

A mother-of-four has admitted publishing videos of herself performing sex acts with a man in front of members of the public in Liverpool city centre last month.

Kelly Cousins smiled as she was shown a video of her having sex with a man, who police say is Joe Firby, 23, in Concert Square last month, a court heard.

The 35-year-old appeared in court today charged with outraging public decency, while her co-accused Firby, from Gateshead, had a warrant issued for his arrest after he said he couldn’t afford to come to court.

The videos were circulated on Cousin’s own social media, where she uses the pseudonym Ruby Rose.

They quickly went viral, prompting a criminal investigation and condemnations from the police and the mayor.

Cousins, who is originally from Bradford but was living in Bootle when the videos were filmed, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court this afternoon. 

She admitted outraging public decency and is set to be sentenced next month.

Kelly Cousins, 35, (pictured outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court) appeared in court today charged with outraging public decency after a series of videos posted online appeared to show her having sex with a man in full view of members of the public in Concert Square last month

Kelly Cousins, 35, (pictured outside Liverpool Magistrates’ Court) appeared in court today charged with outraging public decency after a series of videos posted online appeared to show her having sex with a man in full view of members of the public in Concert Square last month

The mother-of-four admitted outraging public decency and is set to be sentenced next month

The mother-of-four admitted outraging public decency and is set to be sentenced next month

Joe Firby, 23, from Gateshead, is charged over sex videos taken in Concert Square but said he couldn't afford to come to court before a judge issued a warrant for his arrest

Joe Firby, 23, from Gateshead, is charged over sex videos taken in Concert Square but said he couldn’t afford to come to court before a judge issued a warrant for his arrest

Andrew Page, prosecuting, told the court videos of Cousins and a man having sex close to Einstein Bier Haus in Concert Square began circulating overnight on August 2 this year.

He said Cousins posted one of the videos to her own social media accounts with the comment: ‘Where next? Crosby Beach, Mathew Street, Saint John’s Garden’s or the docks?’

The videos were shared widely on social media and drew condemnation, including from city mayor Joanne Anderson, who called them ‘damaging and criminal’ in a statement in which she requested people stop sharing them.

Cousins was arrested days later and interviewed by police. Mr Page said: ‘She made no comment although she did appear to smile when the footage was played to her.’

Her solicitor requested a pre-sentence report be compiled before she is sentenced. The court heard Cousins was on a community order when the videos were filmed.

District Judge Paul Healey agreed to that request, telling Cousins: ‘I do view this as a serious offence, aggravated by the fact you were subject to an order. I believe alcohol was an issue in previous offending and it was also an issue here. The location of this is also clearly concerning to me.’

Cousins was bailed until her sentencing hearing next month. 

The video posted online showed Cousins performing a sex act on man who police say is Joe Firby in Concert Square (pictured) in front of many members of public

The video posted online showed Cousins performing a sex act on man who police say is Joe Firby in Concert Square (pictured) in front of many members of public 

Co-accused Firby was due to appear at court but staff later informed the judge that he sent an email to the court in which he stated that he had lost his job and did not have the money to hire a solicitor or travel from the North East to Liverpool.

He then requested he be allowed to appear over video link.

Mr Page, prosecuting, requested a warrant be issued for Firby’s arrest, saying he had ample time to organise his legal representation and travel to Liverpool since he was charged six weeks ago.

Judge Healey said: ‘He was charged back in August. His first contact with the court was this morning saying he did not have the funds to attend but I do take the point that he has had ample time and take the view that his explanation is not sufficient. Therefore I am convinced to issue a warrant not backed for bail.’

District Judge Healey’s order means Firby can now be arrested and brought to court.

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