April 2011

PERVERT -Peephole shame of public toilet pervert

A perverted pensioner who is a clear danger to young boys of all ages used a peep hole in a public toilet and spied on a 17-year-old boy.

Alexander Meal, 67, was found guilty of voyeurism after the incident at Bury bus station in November last year. Bury magistrates court heard a 17-year-old boy was using one of the cubicles in the public toilets when he noticed a hole around the size of a two pence coin at waist height. When he looked through it he said he could see Mr Meal staring at him. He was given an eight-week curfew and ordered to pay £200 in costs and £100 in compensation to the victim.

He will be placed on the sex offenders register for five years. The victim shouted and confronted Mr Meal. He went to get a member of staff and the father of two was arrested. The 17-year-old said he has been left ‘disgusted’ by the incident and is now extremely wary of using public toilets. Dominic Howell prosecuting said: “The victim has been left feeling sick and totally degraded.

“He had to come to court for a trial and was asked some personal questions which wasn’t pleasant.” Mr Meal, of Shepway Close, Eccles, denied he had been spying on the young man and told the court he suffers from incontinence. Tim Hopley, defending said: “Mr Meal continues to deny the offence in its entirety, he insists it is a malicious attack on the part of the young man.”