Liverpool man ‘flouted court order on teenage boys’
A LIVERPOOL man broke the terms of a sexual offences prevention order (Sopo) just weeks after it was imposed, a court heard.
Liverpool Crown Court was told Akinwale Arobieke, 47, had a “predilection” for approaching young men and touching or feeling their muscles.
Arobieke, formerly of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, was jailed for six years, in 2003, after pleading guilty to 16 counts of harassment.
The prosecution said an order was imposed in April last year which banned him from approaching boys under the age of 18, touching their muscles and asking them to squat.
Trevor Parry Jones, prosecuting, said two months later Arobieke approached a 17-year-old in the street and asked to see his biceps.
Arobieke denies approaching the boy and breaching the order. His defence say the allegations are malicious.
The youth told the court the incident happened in June last year, as he walked home through Birkenhead.
Speaking from behind a curtain, the teenager said: “As I turned a corner, I heard a sound behind me so I turned around and he was there.
“I was startled and (Arobieke) said he was sorry because he didn’t mean to startle me.
“I turned back around and kept on walking but as I got closer to my home he caught up with me.
“He said he had noticed me around the area and asked me had I been working out.
“He asked me how much I could bench (press).”
The boy told the court Arobieke then pointed to his arms and asked to see the youngster’s biceps.
The boy said: “As soon as I heard that, I realised who it was. I backed away and told him I had to go. I felt sick and walked away as fast as I could.”
Questioned by Mr Parry Jones, the boy identified the man as “Purple Aki”.
The youth added: “He’s sort of an urban myth around the area.
“I was virtually sick and I was shaking all night.”
Mark Barlow, defending, told the jury Arobieke had once been convicted of the manslaughter of Gary Kelly, a distant relative of the victim, but the conviction was later quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Cross-examining the teenager, Mr Barlow said: “Your allegation is a false one, borne out of connection between Gary Kelly and your family and an opportunity to get back at Mr Arobieke.”
The boy denied he had invented the allegations, saying: “Why would I do that?”
The case continues. THE POST