Ipswich man faces likely ASBO

AN unemployed Ipswich man with 30 convictions faces an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) after being caught with a prostitute while wearing high heels and a skirt.

AN unemployed Ipswich man with 30 convictions faces an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) after being caught with a prostitute while wearing high heels and a skirt.

Ian Williams, 40, admitted outraging public decency after he was caught by officers while dressed in the unconventional manner, with the woman performing a sex act on him on a lit town centre footpath.

Williams admitted what he had done but said at the time he did not think he was in public and did not think anyone would see them.

Prosecuting, Emma Lister told south east Suffolk magistrates' court that officers monitoring CCTV cameras in Handford Road had spotted Williams at around 12.30am on January 16.

They had watched as he was approached by a known prostitute, and then followed her into a footpath linking Handford Road to London Road.

Two officers went to investigate and when they went onto the footpath they saw the woman crouching down and performing a sex act on Williams.

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He was arrested by police and in interview said he did not believe what he had done was wrong as it was late at night and he did not think there was anyone around who would have witnessed it.”

The court heard that Williams, of Burlington Road, has 30 previous convictions, mostly for offences involving drunk and disorderly behaviour including criminal damage, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

He also has a conviction for a racially aggravated public order offence, handed to him for calling a kebab shop worker who he thought had given him a sub-standard kebab a 'terrorist bomb maker'.

Warned by presiding magistrate Edward Draper that he faces an ASBO when sentenced, Graham Skippen, mitigating, said: “He does not wish to oppose the ASBO order.

“He thought the incident occurred in a quiet area and he did not realise anyone else was around.

“He is fed up of appearing in court and hopes an ASBO will help - he accepts drink is a big problem.”

Addressing the bench himself, William said: “I understand that with my record it is hard for the court to believe I am changing.

”I have cut my drinking down a great deal and no longer go to clubs and pubs.”

Mr Draper adjourned sentencing until February 13 for reports.

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