An 80-year-old naturist has been convicted of three counts of indecent exposure after his neighbours complained of his penchant for doing DIY in the nude.
Kevin Lavelle pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates Court on Monday (11 July) and was given a suspended sentence of eight weeks’ jail time.
Neighbours of Mr Lavelle had worked together to produce a dossier of evidence detailing 18-months’ worth of Mr Lavelle’s unusual naked behaviour.
They informed Greater Manchester Police that Mr Lavelle often did his gardening wearing nothing but a blue hat.
He also climbed onto his roof in order to clean out his gutters and he would wash and mend his car, all while completely naked.
His neighbour, John Mead, said: “I have seen him completely naked changing a wheel on his car on the drive. We did not know what the law was at first because he was in his back garden but it got worse. He would stand against his wall with nothing on. He caused real upset. The neighbours joined forces and we have all been reporting him.”
According to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, exposure is committed when a person “intentionally exposes his genitals” and “intends that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress”.
Mr Lavelle, who has been a naturist for many years but used to only go naked in his back garden, claimed that he did not know he was upsetting his neighbours.
Following Mr Lavelle’s sentencing, he will be electronically tagged and placed under house arrest between 4pm and 11pm for the next two months. He was also fined £85.
If he stays on the right side of the law (fully clothed) for the next six months, Mr Lavelle will most likely escape the eight-week jail term. However, his name has been included on the Sex Offender’s Register for seven years.
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