‘He felt he was start­ing to con­front his demons’

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SI­MON BRIS­TOW [email protected]­

A PERVERT who is “un­able or un­will­ing” to stop him­self wank­ing over horses did it TWICE in just 24 hours.

Mal­colm Downes, 61, has a “long his­tory” of plea­sur­ing him­self near horses and was sent to prison in 2016 over his “to­tally dis­gust­ing” be­hav­iour.

Downes, who was then said to be plan­ning a doc­tor’s visit “to seek li­bido sup­press­ing drugs”, was ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 18 this year af­ter he was seen in a field in Bran­sholme, Hull.

A shocked mem­ber of the pub­lic thought Downes was uri­nat­ing.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon told Hull Crown Court: “It be­came clear he was mas­tur­bat­ing. This ac­tiv­ity went on for three or four min­utes. His pe­nis was ex­posed for 10 min­utes.”

In­ter­viewed that day, Downes told of­fi­cers: “I was sat on a bench. I was feel­ing sexy so I started to...”


Mr Coxon said: “Asked if he re­alised it was an of­fence he said ‘Yes’. Downes said he knew what he was do­ing was ‘wrong’ and said he ‘didn’t do it to draw at­ten­tion to him­self’.”

Downes was charged and re­leased on bail, but within 24 hours was seen by an off-duty fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer do­ing the same thing in the same area.

The of­fi­cer was driv­ing to­wards a Home Bar­gains store when “her at­ten­tion was drawn to this de­fen­dant at the end of an emer­gency ac­cess road”.

He “had his pe­nis in his hand and was mas­tur­bat­ing”.

It was not safe for the of­fi­cer to stop so she sounded her horn to sig­nal “he should de­sist”.

Downes was ar­rested, taken into cus­tody and was “again can­did and straight­for­ward” in his in­ter­view.

Mr Coxon said: “He did con­firm he thought he had a prob­lem. Asked why he did this, and par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic, he said he got a thrill – even though he knew it was wrong.

“He ac­cepted if children had been in the area and seen what he was do­ing that would have fright­ened them.

“He ac­cepted he had a prob­lem and re­quired help.”

Downes, of Spring Bank, west Hull, ad­mit­ted out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency and asked for a sim­i­lar of­fence to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

Stephen Robin­son, for Downes, said: “The de­fen­dant is very dis­ap­pointed to be back be­fore the courts again. He said he felt he was start­ing to con­quer his demons. He be­lieves this was some sort of lapse.”

Jail­ing Downes for eight months, Judge David Trem­berg told him: “You ap­pear ei­ther un­able or un­will­ing to stop your­self.”


He’s sad­dled with a spell in­side now

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