Drunken man ex­posed him­self to by­standers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Ai­dan Bar­low abar­low@thek­m­group.co.uk @aidan­bar­lowKM

An al­co­holic has been or­dered to clean up his act af­ter he was filmed ex­pos­ing him­self and romp­ing with a mo­tor­bike in front of shocked by­standers.

Kevin Chap­man, 34, for­merly of Ash­ford, had been re­leased at 11am from St Martin’s Hos­pi­tal in Can­ter­bury on Mon­day, March 27 this year, where he had been re­ceiv­ing care for men­tal health is­sues.

But an­gry at be­ing re­leased af­ter two weeks, he im­medi- ately went to an off-li­cence and bought a two-litre bot­tle of cider, which he drank with parac­eta­mol pills.

In the af­ter­noon, he went into Can­ter­bury city cen­tre, where he got into a row with a group of home­less peo­ple near Fenwick depart­ment store, which es­ca­lated.

Chap­man, a for­mer land­scape gar­dener, now of Longhill Av­enue in Chatham, was ar­rested and charged, and ap­peared be­fore Folke­stone mag­is­trates last week.

Prose­cu­tor Neil Sweeney said Chap­man kicked over a Suzuki GSF 600 be­long­ing to Sam Llewellyn, be­fore stamp- ing on it, try­ing to set it on fire and uri­nat­ing on it.

The in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV from the Fenwick store, where he was seen to ex­pose his gen­i­tals to shocked by­standers.

Mr Sweeney added: “He con­tin­ued shout­ing and swearing, ex­pos­ing his pe­nis and gen­i­tals to the peo­ple gath­ered. He then per­formed a sim­u­lated sex act.

“He was ar­rested and at in­ter­view he couldn’t re­mem­ber what had hap­pened but of­fi­cers showed him the footage and he ac­cepts it was him.

“The footage from Fenwick shows him mount­ing the mo­tor­bike. From the in­ter­view with of­fi­cers he ap­pears ashamed of him­self.”

Niall Doherty, de­fend­ing, said that Mr Chap­man was in­tox­i­cated and was goaded into the shock­ing dis­play by the home­less peo­ple and youths who had gath­ered to record the footage on their phones.

He said the be­hav­iour stemmed from the break­down of Chap­man’s re­la­tion­ship with Stacey Holt-Souter a year ear­lier, who later formed a re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sell Souter, who Chap­man had worked with at a ground­works firm in Dym­church.

Mr Doherty added: “He found out he was be­ing pushed out of his fam­ily home and he took it very badly in­deed. At that point he turned to al­co­hol to self med­i­cate the pain he was feel­ing.”

Kevin Chap­man, leav­ing Folke­stone Mag­is­trates’ Court, ad­mit­ted three charges of crim­i­nal dam­age, a charge of pub­lic in­de­cency, and a charge of mak­ing threat­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and, right, Fenwick in Can­ter­bury

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