A Broome man who was photographed and reported to police after indecently touching a woman in the mosh pit at a Mardi Gras event has pleaded guilty. William Robert Burton appeared before Broome Magistrates Court on September 11 charged with one count of unlawful and indecent assault. The court heard the 20-year-old had been drinking heavily on March 4 and attended the Mardi Gras Dance Party — hosted by the Roebuck Bay Hotel at the Broome Turf Club — before making his way into the event. While in the mosh pit, Burton put his hand up a woman’s skirt and touched her inappropriately, continuing to do so even after the victim told him to stop touching her. After some time the victim turned around and took a photo of Burton before reporting the incident to police. Burton’s defence lawyer said Burton was remorseful and that he didn’t “remember much of the night”, stating the incident would not have happened if he wasn’t so intoxicated. The former Hale School student had been prescribed painkillers after he was left paraplegic from a car accident in 2020 — heightening the effects of alcohol in his system. Magistrate Deen Potter said while Burton’s age was a significant factor for mitigation his charge was a serious reminder of the importance of consent, even in crowded spaces. Burton was fined $1000, payable to the victim, plus court costs.