Last year, Malcolm King was sent to prison for going “into a McDonald’s wearing only a blonde wig, sandals and pink gloves“(offence unspecified, but we know it was Plymouth if that helps). He was released from that and on 17th March found himself at a loose end and did what any man would do – strode down the main shopping centre in Exeter “wearing only pink suspenders and an Alice band.”
The explanation from Mr King appears to have been that “he had drunk a pint of cider in a pub which made him lose control of himself“which is not the most clear mitigation. Mr King is 56 and it seems that he first started offending two years ago.
There are guidelines in the Sexual Offences Guidelines. Looking at page 129 there was no ‘raised harm’ – it was half nine at night and it seems that most of the people weren’t that fussed by it. Neither was there raised culpability.
This gives a starting point (and range) of a Community Order. In this case, Mr King has committed this offence previously and had presumably been recalled having released on licence from his earlier sentence.
In these circumstances, a sentence of imprisonment was inevitable. Three months seems about right given everything. However, as the Judge said “I would like to be able to explore why your life has started to unravel after many years of being a law-abiding citizen.”
You can’t help but feel that there is more to this than meets the eye, in particular some sort of mental health issues. This case is different to the Naked Rambler in that here there is a requirement that Mr King intended “that someone will see [his genitals] and be caused alarm or distress.” which does make it more serious.
At some point here it seems that intervention from Probation will be needed to help Mr King in whatever issues that he has – it is very rare for someone to start offending at 54 without some underlying trigger.
For that case, whilst an amusing case perhaps, it’s also quite a sad one.