A man with a long history of performing sex acts near horses has done it again – for the second time in 24 hours.
Malcolm Downes, 61, has a “long, long history” of pleasuring himself near horses and was last before the courts in 2016 when he was jailed for what a judge called his “totally disgusting” behaviour.
Downes, who was then said to be planning a doctor’s visit “to seek libido suppressing drugs”, was arrested on February 18 this year after he was seen to be up to his old tricks again in a field in the Bude Park area of Bransholme, in Hull.
The shocked member of the public was about 200 yards away and initially thought Downes was urinating.
Prosecutor Neil Coxon told Hull Crown Court: “It soon became clear he was in fact masturbating. This activity went on for three or four minutes. His penis was exposed for about ten minutes.
“The matter was reported to the police and the defendant was arrested.”
Interviewed that day, Downes told officers: “I was sat on a bench. I was feeling sexy so I started to…”
Mr Coxon said: “Asked if he realised it was an offence he said ‘Yes’.”
Downes said he knew what he was doing was “wrong” and said he “didn’t do it to draw attention to himself. He was sorry”.
Downes was charged and released on bail, but within 24 hours was seen by an off duty female police officer doing the same thing in the same area.
The officer was driving along the road towards Home Bargains when “her attention was drawn to this defendant at the end of an emergency access road”.
He “had his penis in his hand and was masturbating,” the court heard.
It was not safe for the officer to stop so she sounded her horn to signal for him to stop.
Downes was arrested, taken into custody and was again candid and straightforward in interview.
Mr Coxon said: “He did confirm he thought he had a problem. Asked why he did this, and particularly in public, he said he got a thrill even though he knew it was wrong.
He accepted if children had been in the area and seen what he was doing that would have frightened them. He accepted he had a problem and required help.”
Downes, of Spring Bank, west Hull, admitted outraging public decency and asked for a similar offence to be taken into consideration.
He had 12 similar offences among the 35 crimes on his record, as well as nine breaches of an antisocial behaviour order for the same behaviour.
The order, which has now expired, was intended to curb Downes’ offending and banned him from “entering any field or stable, or any other area that contains equine animals, in the Humberside Police area”.
Stephen Robinson, mitigating, said: “The defendant is very disappointed to be back before the courts again for precisely the same sort of behaviour he’s been convicted of in the past.”
Noting that Downes had stayed out of trouble for three years, Mr Robinson said: “The defendant was of the view he’d been doing quite well.”
He had built bridges with his family and friends after being “shunned” because of his behaviour.
Mr Robinson continued: “He can’t really explain it. He said he felt he was starting to conquer his demons. He believes this was some sort of lapse he can’t explain. He is, he insists, very sorry for his actions.”
Downes had been studying level three maths and attending the gym while on remand in prison, Mr Robinson added.
Jailing Downes for eight months, Judge David Tremberg told him: “You know you are doing wrong but you appear either unable or unwilling to stop yourself.”