UK-Based Nigerian Man Arrested For Sexually Harassing Other Men
A Nigerian bodybuilder resident in the UK
who was banned from squeezing menâ€™s
muscles or asking them to do squats has
targeted more young males, and has been
charged to court.
The 52 year old man, Akinwale Arobieke is
fond of approaching young males, feeling
their arms and asking them to do squats
while he watches. Arobieke mostly targets
young men he meets at St Peterâ€™s Square,
Manchester city centre, Trafford and
The middle aged body builder denies any
wrongdoing, saying he was set up by
â€˜vindictiveâ€™ people who knew about the
history of his offence.
He was jailed for five years in 2003 for 15
charges of harassment and on his release
he was given a Sexual Offences Prevention
Order (SOPO). This bans him from certain
specific activities, like feeling a personâ€™s
muscles or getting them to carry out
â€˜squatsâ€™ in public.
He has since been jailed three times for
flouting the SOPO, and is now facing a
further string of breaches at Manchester
Crown Court â€“ offences which he denies.
Prosecutor Michael Brady told the court:
â€˜The complainants in this case are all young
men whose physical appearance and build
hold a fascination for this defendant. â€˜Mr
Arobieke has had, and continues to have
an interest in body building.
His interest extends beyond that which is
legitimate and manifests itself in a way that
we say is criminal.â€™
Itâ€™s alleged that between April and June
2011, Mr Arobieke approached a 19-year-
old man in Manchester and â€˜bumped into
himâ€™ before striking up a conversation. The
man, now 20, told the jury Mr Arobieke
followed him along the street and up
towards the Triangle shopping centre in the
city centre. The alleged victim told the
â€˜He stopped in front of me and held out his
arm, because I had stopped answering his
He opened his rucksack which had different
body building magazines and started
showing me pictures of them and asking if
I knew who they were. He asked if I could
do particular poses.â€™
The man told how the defendant touched
him on the shoulder and bicep, and said it
was a â€˜very uncomfortable experienceâ€™.
More than year later, the man said he was
approached by Mr Arobieke again several
times, in St Peterâ€™s Square.
Mr Arobieke, who was defending himself,
denies he ever met the man in the street
and said there was no CCTV evidence that
he approached him or followed him in St
Peterâ€™s Square. Arobieke, formerly of
Liverpool, denies eight breaches of his sex
offences prevention order.
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