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Naturist broke Asbo at cricket pitch
Published 02/12/13

A NATURIST who was seen naked at a cricket ground has been found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

Russell Kingdon, 64, of Ashford Avenue, Sonning Common, admitted removing his clothes at Kidmore End Cricket Club in Gallowstree Common one morning in July.

He claimed he had been wearing a “mini-kilt”, a small strip of tartan which covers his genitals.

Kingdon, who has eight previous convictions for indecent exposure, had been given an Asbo in 2011 ordering him not to appear naked in a public place other than a naturist facility for five years.

Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard that Diane Bowles was walking her dog at about 6.45am on July 28 when she saw him.

She said that when she first approached she could not see Kingdon was naked as her view was obstructed by a fence. However, as she got closer, she realised he was not wearing clothes so she quickly left the field.

She said: “I could see him walking round in circles with no top on and because it was a nice morning I gave him the benefit of the doubt. When I got nearer I realised that he had nothing on. At that point I called for my dog and he noticed I was there. I wasn’t close enough for him to talk to me but I couldn’t be mistaken that it was him.”

She went to fetch her husband but by the time they returned he had left.

Mrs Bowles told the court she had seen Kingdon’s genitals, even though she had said she didn’t when interviewed by the police. She said his behaviour was not threatening and he didn’t try to grab her attention.

Kingdon said he had left his house to cycle to the cricket ground that morning wearing shorts and a jersey but removed his top after becoming warm. When he arrived at the ground he took off his shorts and sat down on a bench. He then walked from the bottom of the field on to the pitch to look at the clock on the pavilion.

He said he didn’t notice Mrs Bowles until he turned round to go back to the bench and saw her leaning on a post looking at him. When he saw her he put on his shorts “so quickly I nearly ripped them”.

He said: “I didn’t intend to get naked, I just wanted to go for a ride on my bike. I try to follow a naturist lifestyle but unfortunately these days I can’t follow it very much.”

Kingdon, who was arrested and later picked out by Mrs Bowles at an identity parade, failed to mention he was wearing his mini-kilt in his police interview, claiming he “didn’t think of it at the time”.

Ronan McCann, for Kingdon, said: “Mrs Bowles approached from a distance and it’s accepted that there were obstructions and she didn’t get a full glance at the man. Mrs Bowles was mistaken in what she says she saw.”

Sentencing was adjourned until January 3 for psychiatric reports and Kingdon was granted bail.

He was given a suspended prison sentence in August last year for a similar offence.

Published 02/12/13

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