Adrian Venables, from Cheshire, appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on October 31 charged with an act of outraging public decency. The court heard how the 56-year-old, who is profoundly deaf, was seen ‘playing with his bits’ in the showers at Northgate Arena Leisure Centre on August 13 last year. He was caught in the act by two teenage boys and was arrested at the scene after their parents rang the police, Cheshire Live reports. The defendant was identified on CCTV and is well known to staff there due to his volunteering activities for a deaf persons’ swimming club. Rob Youds, prosecuting, said: ‘One of the boys said the male (Venables) was in the shower and started ‘playing with his bits’. ‘He said he didn’t believe the male had an erection, the male didn’t appear to do anything to him during the incident.
The court heard that when police arrived, Venebles said he couldn’t touch himself at home because he lived with his mum and didn’t want to be disrespectful – so did it in the showers when he went swimming instead. The former gardener, who was forced to retire on medical grounds, was supported in court by his mum and sister. Richard Sibeon, defending, said his client had pleaded guilty to the charge at the earliest opportunity and was of good character. The defendant’s case was adjourned four times over the last year, which Mr Sibeon said was due to concerns over Venables’ understanding of the charge brought before him. As a result a psychiatric report was prepared, which found that there was an element of ‘intellectual immaturity’.