Queen mooner faces lesser sentence
Police have downgraded charges against a man who mooned at the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as they drove past thousands of well-wishers during a visit to Australia.
Brisbane Magistrates' Court was told that police had dropped a charge of wilful exposure against 22-year-old Liam Warriner for baring his bottom to the royal couple in October. The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Defence lawyer John-Paul Mould said Warriner would plead guilty to a lesser charge of creating a public nuisance, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail, and appear for sentencing on February 14.
It is not clear whether the royal couple saw Warriner.
Warriner, who was not in court, has admitted holding an Australian flag clenched between his buttocks and running as the royal couple's motorcade drove by.
But he maintained that he did not expose himself as claimed in the wilful exposure charge.
"The Queen's car was actually moving quite fast. I couldn't exactly keep up with it," he told The Courier-Mail website from Sydney.