David Truscott, aged 43, was found naked at Woodbury House Farm, covered in mud and slurry and surrounded by tissues. He has reportedly been caught numerous times
sexually pleasuring himself, naked, whilst surrounded by slurry.
He was subject to a restraining order imposed after a ‘campaign of harrassment’ – lasting at least six years – against the family who own the farm. He had breached the order twice, by going onto the farm and rolling naked in the slurry. He was imprisoned for both breaches.
The family subsequently cleared the slurry from the farm in an attempt to stop Mr Truscott.
So what next for Truscott? Well he has most recently pleaded to making a threat to kill the farmer and ‘threatening to damage’ the farm (it is unclear which offence has been charged).
The news story can be accessed here.
What did the court say?
Well Mr Truscott has not yet been sentenced. The Judge said:
“His conduct is bizarre and raises the question of whether he is a dangerous offender. I would like to see a psychiatric report that addresses dangerousness.”
I have read the letter from the multi agency protection coordinator and it is clear there needs to be a psychiatric report, at least one, if not two.
The statement by the judge indicates that Mr Truscott may finally receive the help that he quite clearly needs. A disposal under the Mental Health Act 1983 involves detention in a secure hospital and treatment for any mental illness which has been diagnosed.
In 2011, when Mr Truscott was before the courts for offences in relation to his delictation for
pleasuring himself whilst surrounded by slurry. His brother, speaking to a local newspaper, called for the courts to help Mr Truscott, instead of sending him to custody.
He said: “This is the fourth time he has been caught and when he is released from prison he will probably do it again. The courts need to wake up and give him the help he needs.”
A finding that Mr Truscott is dangerous means that the judge must imposed a special type of sentence. This will be an EDS Extended Determinate Sentence, which comprises of a custodial sentence and then an extended licence period. The licence period is designed to protect the public from serious harm caused by the defendant.
A disposal under the Mental Health Act would, it appears, be a far better outcome, as Mr Truscott would be able to receive treatment and medication if necessary, and to properly address the causes for his offending. Instead of imprisoning him, and releasing him without really attempting to understand why Mr Truscott continues to act as he does.
We’ll keep an eye out for reports of the sentence.