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Dad parading in g-string and bra at BP lands in court

THERE is a time and a place for strutting around in a g-string.

And as Darren John Hartcher has learnt, wearing the skimpy underwear at a BP in Blacksoil at 12.30pm was neither the time nor the place.

The 34-year-old father was observed parading around in a g-string and bra on June 11, when he went into the service station to buy a bottle of coke.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Matt Donnelly told Ipswich Magistrates Court it was the third time Hartcher had been reported wearing such attire at the BP, located on the Warrego Highway.

Sgt Donnelly said similar incidents had been reported to police on June 4 and 5.

Hartcher pleaded guilty to one charge of public indecency and two charges of public nuisance.

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Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Hartcher had suffered a mental breakdown which had attributed to his "bizarre" behaviour.

Mr Fairclough said Hartcher had been off his medication - an antidepressant called Cipramil - and was "not coping well" with some family problems.

He said Hartcher had been also diagnosed with a combination of medical conditions including post-traumatic stress and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Magistrate Donna McCallum said the charges had put Hartcher in breach of his parole order for a prior offence.

She said his behaviour had caused significant embarrassment to others.

Hartcher was convicted and sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for a year.

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