January 2019

‘Purple Aki’ is BACK: Muscle obsessive spotted touching young lad’s bicep in Manchester

A notorious muscle-obssessed “bogeyman” dubbed “Purple Aki” has been spotted squeezing a man’s bicep in Manchester city centre, only three years after a 10-year ban stopping him from doing it was lifted.

Akinwale Arobieke, aka “Purple Aki”, has been spotted getting up to his old tricks again.

He was slapped with a 10-year ban in 2006 stopping him touching people’s muscles after he was released from prison for indecent assault and harassment.

The 6ft, 5in-tall bodybuilder from Liverpool is famous in the North West area for approaching young men in public places and harassing them to show off their physiques by doing exercise.

He also hangs around gyms or sports halls, asking people to do squats or measure muscles.

But he has been spotted again as Facebook page “Stockport Memes” posted a snap of Purple Aki feeling a man’s muscle at the tram stop in Manchester centre with the caption: “Purple Aki at it again in Piccadilly.”

People reacted with shock on social media, with one saying: “Got to love the commitment of the man.”

Another added: “He’s back!”

And another warned: “He’ll be coming for you next.”

Aki first became notorious in 1986 after the death of 16-year-old Gary Kelly, who was electrocuted on a railway line in Wirral, Merseyside, when he was allegedly running away from him.

The muscle obsessive was convicted of manslaughter in 1988, but the decision was later overturned after judges rules he’d not acted unlawfully.

He was also the subject of a BBC documentary called “The Man who squeezes muscles”.

Aki was described as a “modern-day bogeyman” and an “internet sensation”.

It is claimed parents would tell their children not to stay out after dark otherwise Aki would get them.

He was also the subject of graffiti, football banners referenced him and he has appeared on flags at Glastonbury.

In 2001, the bodybuilder pleaded not guilty to 50 indecent assault and harassment charges against more than a dozen teens between February 1995 and September 2000, but was convicted of threatening behaviour and banged-up for two-and-a-half years.

Just months after his release, he was charged with 15 counts of harassment and sexual assault following a massive investigation by Merseyside Police and given a six-year jail term after being branded a “danger to young men”.

It was after his latest release from jail in 2006 that Merseyside cops took the unusual decision of applying for the muscle-ban Sexual Offences Prevention order, despite the fact he’s never actually been convicted of a sex offence.

Continuing his creepy ways, he was arrested and jailed for 15 months in 2007 for approaching a man in a Preston shopping centre and commenting on and touching his biceps without permission.

But despite numerous convictions for breaching his order – including caressing a 16-year-old lad’s calf and quadricep muscles in 2010, Arobieke has accused Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police of a witch-hunt, saying he’s been arrested for loads of things he has not been convicted of

May 2016

Muscle fanatic who forces lads to do squats has bicep-touching ban lifted

A NOTORIOUS muscle-obsessive has vowed to change his bizarre ways after a ten-year order stopping him from touching males’ biceps was thrown out. 

Akinwale Arobieke – known as Purple Aki – was slapped with the order in 2006 after he was released from prison for indecent assault and harassment.

It meant he was barred from touching, feeling or measuring muscles, asking people to do squats, or hanging around gyms or sports halls. 

The 6ft 5in-tall bodybuilder from Liverpool is famous in the area for approaching young men and boys in public places and harassing them to show off their physiques by doing exercise.

He first became notorious in 1986 after the death of 16-year-old Gary Kelly, who was electrocuted on a railway line in Wirral, Merseyside, when he was allegedly running away from him.

The 54-year-old was convicted of manslaughter in 1988, but the decision was later overturned after judges rules he’d not acted unlawfully.

In 2001, the bodybuilder pleaded not guilty to 50 indecent assault and harassment charges against more than a dozen teens between February 1995 and September 2000, but was convicted of threatening behaviour and banged-up for two-and-a-half years.

Just months after his release, he was charged with 15 counts of harassment and sexual assault following a massive investigation by Merseyside Police and given a six-year jail term after being branded a “danger to young men”.

It was after his latest release from jail in 2006 that Merseyside cops took the unusual decision of applying for the muscle-ban Sexual Offences Prevention order, despite the fact he’s never actually been convicted of a sex offence.

Continuing his creepy ways, he was arrested and jailed for 15 months in 2007 for approaching a man in a Preston shopping centre and commenting on and touching his biceps without permission.

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But despite numerous convictions for breaching his order – including caressing a 16-year-old lad’s calf and quadricep muscles in 2010, Arobieke has accused Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police of a witch-hunt, saying he’s been arrested for loads of things he has not been convicted of.

Yet just this week The Liverpool Echo reported Arobieke appeared in Manchester Crown Court and had his bicep ban lifted.

Judge Richard Mansell was originally asked to deal with Arobieke’s case because he was one of the few judges that hadn’t heard of him.

He told the muscle-lover: “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?”

But Arobieke denied he was sexually interested in young lads, saying the sexual offences prevention order made it difficult for him to move on with his life after being released from prison.

Arobieke has now vowed he was not “going to run around touching everybody’s muscles” as he wants to “reinvent himself”.

He added that although he knows his convictions had turned him into the “bogeyman”, he said he was an “honourable man” who’d control his urges to touch men’s pumped-up physiques.

November 2012 – We have it on good authority that this dangerous sex offender has been housed in Shotton, Deeside for a few months and is about to be moved to Connahs Quay

Muscleman is sexual predator against young boys/teenagers

Akinwale Arobieke (born July 1961), known locally in North West England as Purple Aki, is a convicted criminal from LiverpoolUnited Kingdom. Arobieke is a 6 ft 7 in (201 cm) tall bodybuilder who weighs 20 stone (130 kg). His criminal activities are sexually motivated, a fact which was recognised in 2006 by Liverpool Magistrates’ Court, when Merseyside Police successfully applied to them for a Sexual Offences Prevention Order

Early criminal history and now

On Sunday 15 June 1986, a 16-year-old Birkenhead teenager named Gary Kelly was electrocuted at New Brighton railway station, allegedly whilst running away from Arobieke. Arobieke was convicted of his manslaughter, but successfully appealed the conviction on the grounds that he had not acted unlawfully by ‘standing on the platform and looking into trains’. In addition, Arobieke was awarded £35,000 compensation due to alleged racial overtones in the prosecution case.

He appeared in court on 22 November 2001, pleading not guilty to fifty counts of indecent assault and harassment against fourteen teenage boys between February 1995 and September 2000. He was convicted of threatening behaviourand was jailed for thirty months.

Released in 2003, Arobieke resumed his activities and was quickly arrested and charged with fifteen counts of harassment and sexual assault. During the course of the trial 123 people were interviewed by police, including one family who were forced into the Witness Protection Programme as a result of threats from Arobieke. This led to Arobieke being additionally charged with witness intimidation. On 15 December 2003 he was jailed for six years by Preston Crown Court, pleading guilty to the charges. When sentencing Arobieke, Judge Slinger said: “You are a danger to young men and your behaviour is both strange and obsessive”.

After the case, Detective Superintendent Mike Dale commented as follows: “Over the years Akinwale Arobieke has been persistent in his pursuit and harassment of a number of young men, instilling fear into them.

We are pleased with the sentencing. Most importantly it’s to the credit of the witnesses, who despite their fears and apprehensions, have remained steadfast and determined to see justice done and this man prosecuted to stop him from making other peoples’ lives a misery.”

Muscle touching ban

Arobieke was released on licence from prison on 26 October 2006. Unusually, Merseyside police applied to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court for an interim Sexual Offences Prevention Order against him, although he was never convicted of a sex offence. Under the terms of the order, Arobieke was banned from touching, feeling or measuring muscles, asking people to do squat exercises in public, entering the towns of St HelensWarrington or Widnes without police permission and loitering near schoolsgyms or sports clubs. The ban was later overturned as “draconian”  but remained in force after a successful appeal by police.

On 25 May 2007 Arobieke approached a man in a shopping centre in Preston and commented upon the size of his biceps before “touching them without permission”. He was arrested shortly afterward on suspicion of breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order, and remanded in custody.

He was later convicted of breaching this order and jailed for a further 15 months., with the muscle touching ban being made permanent.

Muscle touching ban appeal

In July 2008 Arobieke was unsuccessful in trying to overturn the ‘muscle touching ban’ at one point being also accused of ‘behaving erratically’ in court. During the court case, details of Arobieke’s “stalker’s manual” were disclosed; a book Arobieke had compiled that was “full of details about victims’ body measurements, contact numbers and families.” It was alleged that Arobieke would “do research into his victim, confronting them with such details as their father’s car registration number or sibling’s place of education.

During the court case DC Andrew Rowlings told how “Arobieke became sexually aroused while forcing terrified young men to perform “inverted piggybacks” – ordering them to squat so he could lean over their backs with his face by their buttocks and his genitalia on their necks, while squeezing their quad muscles”. During the court case Arobieke made an apology to his victims and admitted that he was “infamous, notorious, everything from a bogeyman to whatever.”

Later behaviour

In late 2008 Arobieke approached a 17 year old in Birkenhead and asked to feel his biceps. By doing so he was in breach of the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which specifically prohibited him from approaching young men and touching their muscles; he was arrested and convicted for this breach of the SOPO, receiving a sentence of 18 months.

In April 2010, Arobieke appeared in court at Mold, North Wales, charged with further offences. On 24 June 2010, after a jury found him guilty of touching the calf and thigh muscles of a 16-year-old boy in Llandudno, North Wales, the judge said that Arobieke was a “sexual predator” and jailed him for two and a half years. The offence was a breach of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

In June 2012, Merseyside Police issued a statement denying rumours that Arobieke had died, stating that he remained in prison