May 2008

Jail for man banned from toilets

A man banned from entering public toilets across Wales and England has been jailed for nine months for breaching the order.

Mold Crown Court was told that Robert Chipchase, from Rhyl, Denbighshire, breached the terms of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) twice.

The Asbo was imposed to stop Chipchase touting for sex in toilets.

But the court heard he was caught at lavatories in East Parade in Rhyl in March and April.

On both occasions he was found with notes written by him inviting strangers to participate in sexual acts with him.

He had previously been jailed for three months last year after peering into a toilet cubicle occupied by a 14-year-old boy.

In court, Chipchase was described as having learning difficulties and the mental age of 10.

His defence barrister, James Cullen, said Chipchase had been working with social services for 14 hours a week in a bid to tackle his offending behaviour.

But a report from the probation service still assessed him as posing a “high risk” of serious harm to children.

The judge, Mr Recorder Robert Britton told Chipchase: “These are serious matters.

“It is clear that there are people who are trying to help you.

“You must understand that the court cannot just sit back and tolerate such behaviour.”