Friday, 6 May 2016

Nigeria’s Akinwale Arobieke notorious for touching men's biceps has 10-year ban lifted after vowing to change


Akinwale Arobieke's long-held fascination with pumped up physiques led to notoriety and repeated brushes with the law. He became something of a 'modern day bogeyman' known for approaching younger males and striking up conversations about weight training, before touching and measuring their muscles, and inviting them to squat his body weight.


 
In 2003 he was jailed for six years after being convicted of harassing 15 well-muscled males. Three years later, while he was still behind bars, a Merseyside Police made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which banned him touching men's muscles and going to gyms.
Since the SOPO was made, Mr Arobieke has appeared repeatedly in court accused of breaching it in Manchester. 

Now the unique ban has been scrapped - after Mr Arobieke successfully appealed against it.  Representing himself in court, Mr Arobieke argued that while his behaviour had breached the court order, it was not actually criminal in its own right and it was not sexual.  

Judge Richard Mansell QC, sitting at Manchester Crown Court, said while Arobieke's breaches of the order were a 'serious matter' - the restrictions it placed on his 'freedoms' could 'no longer be justified'.

The move brings to an end a lengthy and expensive series of hearings for alleged breaches stretching from North Wales to Manchester and Leeds, which have led to him spending months behind bars on remand. 

The judge gave him an 18 month suspended sentence for the breach offences, suspended for two years, with a 60 day rehabilitation order and a warning that if he breached it, he would be jailed.


Credit: Dailymail

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