Akinwale Arobieke promised "I’m not going to run around touching everybody’s muscles” after having his bicep ban lifted.
The 20st, 6ft 5in body-building obsessive spoke in court as he had a 10-year ban on touching men’s muscle’s revoked.
Mr Arobieke’s notoriety throughout the North West has spawned tales of his obsession with squeezing and measuring young men's biceps.
He has admitted his antics mean the public see him as 'infamous, notorious, everything from the bogeyman to whatever'.
But he told Manchester Crown Court that he now wants to 'reinvent himself' in a quest for a 'fresh start' after the Sexual Offences Prevention Order was lifted after the 54-year-old was accused of breaching it.
His extraordinary courtroom victory came in a case in which the judge tried to get to the bottom of behaviour which he described as 'bizarre'.
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Judge Richard Mansell was first given the breach proceedings to deal with 'because he was one of the few' who hadn’t heard of him.
He said to Mr Arobieke in the latest hearing: “There’s no doubt you have an interest in, some would say an obsession with, the musculature, or muscular build, of the male form. You have approached 20-plus year olds, and you have approached males between 15 and 17. Is it because younger males are in better shape than older men? Why are you interested in younger men?”
Mr Arobieke replied: “I always have been (interested in younger men), but not in a sexual way. When I was released in 2006 I wanted to move forward, but the SOPO put in place was horrendous, to put it bluntly.
“I was never able to move forward. It made my life a misery.
“I can and will conduct myself properly. I don’t want to come back before the courts. I’m not going to wander the streets causing havoc.”
The judge went on: “The first young male you come across in public, are you likely to approach him and ask him what weight he pumps and how big his muscles are?”
“From today I’m going to conduct myself properly”, Arobieke said, “with what has taken place today in the back of my mind.”
He said: “My risks have been exaggerated by Liverpool police - the Parole Board has said that. They have all had a vested interest in this, the Press too because it sells newspapers.”
Asked what he would do without the restriction of an order, he said: “I’m going to have to reinvent myself. I can take a holiday for a start. I can take time to breathe. I’m going to try and put my life back to normality.
“I’m not going to run around touching everybody’s muscles because there’s no need for that.”
The judge then asked Mr Arobieke why he had flouted the order.
“It’s a combination of a lot of things,” he replied. “Nobody likes to be told they can’t do something. I want to calm down now. I don’t think an order is necessary. There’s ample laws to protect the public.”
The judge then said a psychologist had recommended 'therapy of some sort'.
The psychologist had agreed with a previous assessment that his behaviour 'primarily functions to meet emotional needs to feel competent and connected to others, rather than sexual motivation'.
“There’s something inherently unusual, if not, some might think, unnatural about the way you have behaved," Judge Mansell added. “I can’t imagine for a moment in your average gym you would see large men, like yourself, lying on the back of somebody to see how far they could be lifted."
“Look on the internet, look on YouTube," Mr Arobieke replied.
He then added: “I want to bring my profile down. I don’t think the issue is me as a person, I think the issue is me as a profile.”
Conviction was overturned
The judge then said: “Let’s not forget it was your behaviour over a number of years that brought this about”, before referring to the case of Gary Kelly, who was electrocuted on railway tracks in Birkenhead in 1986.
It was alleged he was running from Mr Arobieke at the time, but his subsequent conviction for manslaughter was overturned.
Judge Mansell said: “You are still carrying the stigma of the boy who died on the railway tracks. That ill hangs over you.”
Arobieke replied: “It’s not nice in any way, shape or form to be involved in the death of another human being.”
Lifting the SOPO, Judge Mansell said: “I’m giving you the clean slate you have desired for a long time. I’m also putting a considerable amount of trust in you to behave like a mature man in your fifties. You’re intelligent, I have seen that myself, i just hope you can make a lean break. For the first time in a long time you have no proceedings before the court.”
“I’m an honourable man,” Mr Arobieke said. “I won’t let you down.”