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Akinwale Arobieke cleared of breaching muscle touching ban
7:50pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
A MAN accused of flouting a court order by feeling a 16-year-old Bolton boy's muscles and getting him to perform squats has been found not guilty.
Akinwale Arobieke, who served a jail term for 15 harassment offences following a 2003 court case, was on trial accused of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.
The unusual order bans him from touching people’s muscles or getting them to carry out squats in a public place.
The 52-year-old, formerly of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, represented himself through a week-long trial at Manchester Crown Court where he was charged with eight allegations that he breached the order.
Today he was cleared unanimously by a jury within an hour of deliberations.
One of Arobieke’s alleged victims was a 16-year-old boy from Bolton.
He claimed Arobieke and a friend visited him at his home on October 22 last year, discussed body building and felt his muscles.
Arobieke admited he had met the boy but said he did not know his age and denied feeling his muscles or getting him to do squats.
He also denied allegations that he squeezed a man’s muscles in Manchester city centre.
And he also denied touching the muscles of two other young men at a bodybuilding competition at Event City.
He claimed that the witnesses were either mistaken or lying and the case against him was the result of a “witch hunt” by police.
The jury was told that Arobieke has never been convicted of any sexual offence and is contesting the basis upon which the banning order was made.
When Judge Richard Mansell QC invited Arobieke to make a closing speech he simply told the court: “There you have it members of the jury.”