SOCKS AND THE CITY
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First rule of swingers club: you do not touch another man’s socks
It turns out y ou can be a lo ver and a fighter after all. Just ask Scotsman J ohn Watson, a former squaddie who is curr ently awaiting sentencing for a violent attack on one D avid Tillyer at a swingers party , the climax of a disagreement about the manliness of needing help to put socks on.
Established in 2005, the Infusions nightclub describes itself as “Blackpool’ s leading swingers club for lik e- minded adults”. It advertises the availability of such amenities as a nine - metre swimming pool, sauna, spa, as w ell as a pool table . Of course, it’s the “lo veswing”, “dungeon” and promise of “gloryholes” that draws the majority of its clientele to its city centr e location. It holds a rating of four and a half s tars on TripAdvisor.
It is here that Mr Watson, 50 of
Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire, was found guilty of r epeatedly headbutting and punching Mr Tilly er at a New Year’s
Eve party earlier this y ear. The event? A swingers’ masquerade ball. The r eason? Mr Tillyer, a dir ector of a pr operty company, believed that Mr Watson, 50, was trying to seduce his partner, Evelyn Hodder, by asking her to help him put his sock on.
“What kind of man needs help putting a sock on!” r oared Mr Tilly er, incensing Mr Watson so much that punches and headbutts then rained down upon Tilly er, leaving the victim with injuries that r equired hospital treatment. Mr Tilly er and his partner had travelled to the e vent from the Nottingham area, said Kerry Grieve, prosecuting at Preston magistrates’ court.
The court hear d that the couple w ere in the process of leaving the party and had stopped off in the changing area to get their clothes from a locker. Mr Tilly er said that upon seeing Ms Hodder help Mr Watson put his sock on he made a comment, wher eupon Mr Watson immediately flared up, pushing him backwards into a la vatory door. The door broke and Mr Tilly er was trapped next to a sink.
Eventually Mr Watson was prised fr om Mr Tillyer, and the latter w as helped out of the club and to hospital, s topping briefly at his hotel. In line with the discr eet nature of their business, staff at the club refused to call the police. PC Steve Johnson told the hearing that the venue “has gues ts of a certain nature. They do not ha ve CCTV because of the possible embarrassment factor”.
Mr Tilly er told the court, “I t was a r eally violent attack. This is a place w e know and feel comfortable in.” Mr Tilly er also said he and his partner had attended the club not to participate, but simply to w atch.
Ms Hodder gave evidence for the prosecution. “[ Mr Watson] asked me for help putting a sock on. M y partner asked me what I was doing and suddenly Watson got up and pushed him. I sa w at leas t one punch”.
In his defence , Mr Watson said that he had been drinking a v ariety of alcohol on the evening in question. He went on to sa y,
“I asked the woman to help me putting on a sock because I ha ve arthritis. Her partner intervened and I called him a dickhead. I did push him but ther e was no r oom to swing my hands. I belie ve his injuries w ere caused by him falling in the sink and hitting his head on a tap.”
Mr Watson says that he plans to appeal the verdict of Actual Bodily Harm, saying, “They have convicted me on absolutely no evidence whatsoever”.
Sentencing will follo w at a later date .
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