SOCKS AND THE CITY

Then there are vi­o­lent There are heinou s crimes, and blood­thir sty crimes. on at a swingers club quar­rels about a man a sk­ing for help putting hi s sock

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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 .

Mr Wat­son w as in­censed by a sock com­ment In­fu­sions nightc lub, 22- 24 Gener al Street, Blac kpool, is a highl y r ated adult s wingers c lub On the edge of glory( hole), In­fu­sions has many de­sired ameni­ties

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