A TRADESMAN who was spotted committing an act of public indecency in the street has avoided jail time.

Marek Dziadowicz was seen by a member of the public exposing himself and committing a solo sex act during the incident at South St David Street in Edinburgh on June 24, 2021.

Dziadowicz, of Millhill, Musselburgh, was arrested after police had been alerted and, when officers searched him, they discovered he was carrying a Stanley knife and a lock knife.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to all three offences and was placed on the sex offenders’ register when he appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court last September.

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Sentence was deferred for reports to the following month but Dziadowicz, a joiner to trade, failed to show up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He eventually appeared back at the court on April 2 and sentence was again deferred for the report to be prepared on him.

The tradesman returned to the dock on Monday, where Sheriff Kevin McCarron placed him on a community payback order as a direct alternative to custody.

Sheriff McCarron was told that Dziadowicz had no memory of the incident and had been blighted with a drug problem for the past 20 years.

The sheriff said: “Even for a first offender, these are serious offences.

“But it is clear to me that you had significant mental health problems at the time, so I can draw back from custody, but as an alternative I will impose a community payback order.”

Dziadowicz was placed under the supervision of the social work department for 12 months and told to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

His name was also removed from the sex offenders’ register following sentencing.