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Last Updated: Friday, 23 February 2007, 16:18 GMT
'Muscle touching' ban overturned
A 46-year-old Liverpool man who was banned from feeling people's muscles has had the decision overturned.

Akinwale Arobieke, of Devonshire Road, Toxteth, was given the order in October but judges at Liverpool Crown Court have since branded it "draconian".

Police applied for the order when Mr Arobieke was let out on licence after being jailed for six years in 2003 on 15 counts of harassment.

The charges related to him asking young people if he could touch their muscles.

No evidence has been put before us to prove that such draconian measures are necessary
Judge Bruce Macmillan

He also requested to measure them and asked them to perform squats.

Mr Arobieke successfully appealed against the order, with prosecution lawyers unable to prove his behaviour was sexually motivated or had caused serious psychological harm to his victims.

Under the terms of the order Mr Arobieke was also not allowed to approach or do paid or voluntary work with any young person under 18.

He was also banned from St Helens, Warrington or Widnes without the permission of either the chief constable of Merseyside or the chief constable of Cheshire.

He could also not loiter near educational establishments, gyms or sports clubs.

Judge Bruce Macmillan, at Liverpool Crown Court, said: "No evidence has been put before us to prove that such draconian measures are necessary to protect the public from serious sexual harm."

A legal technicality means a second order of a similar nature against Mr Arobieke - who is known locally as Purple Aki - is still in force.

However, it is expected to be lifted in light of the judges' ruling.


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