Adlington man cleared of bizarre 'flashing' allegation involving dancing with a pie on his head - he was just putting cream on a rash

A vulnerable man who was convicted of exposing himself after balancing a pie on his head has had his conviction quashed after an appeal.

By Stef Hall
Monday, 25th January 2021, 12:30 pm

The trial of Steven Gaskell went viral online after magistrates convicted him of committing the bizarre offence outside The Elephant and Castle public house in Adlington, near Chorley in July 2019.

He was sentenced in December 2019 to a community order including a curfew, had been ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for five years.

But the 33-year-old, of Lewis Close, Adlington, had consistently denied the charge of exposure with intent to cause alarm or distress.

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Crown Court

His defence at his magistrates court trial was that he was applying cream to a rash.

Since those proceedings his solicitors have obtained evidence from his GP to prove he had a rash, and they also obtained a psychiatric report detailing his issues.

Preston Crown Court heard the psychiatric report had not been available at the time of his trial.

The Crown has now seen the report concerning the defendant’s mental health and medical evidence confirming his ailment – the reason he gave for exposing himself without thinking of the consequences to onlookers.

Mr Gaskell’s sentence has expired since he was convicted, but he took his appeal for his conviction to the higher court last week and has been fully acquitted of the exposure charge.

Prosecutors did not oppose his appeal in the circumstances.

The conviction was overturned by Judge Andrew Jefferies QC, who felt Mr Gaskell had responded well to the community order he previously imposed.

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