Published: 18:00, 12 July 2017
An alcoholic has been ordered to clean up his act after he was filmed exposing himself and romping with a motorbike in front of shocked bystanders.
Kevin Chapman downed a two litre bottle of cider and paracetamol pills after he was released from the care of St Martin’s Hospital in Canterbury in March this year.
The 34-year-old appeared before Folkestone magistrates after the incident, where he admitted indecent exposure along with three charges of criminal damage and a charge of threatening his ex-partner’s new husband.
Prosecutor Neil Sweeney told the court that former landscape gardener Chapman, of Longhill Avenue in Chatham, went straight to an off licence at 11am.
By mid afternoon he was so drunk that he had got into an argument with a group of rough sleepers near Fenwicks.
"The footage from Fenwicks shows him mounting the motorbike. From the interview with officers he appears ashamed of himself" - Prosecutor Neil Sweeney
He kicked over a Suzuki GSF 600 belonging to Sam Llewellyn onto its side before stamping on it, trying to set it on fire, and urinating on it.
The incident was captured on CCTV, where Chapman was then seen to expose his genitals to members of the public and pretend to masturbate.
Mr Sweeney added: “He continued shouting and swearing, exposing his penis and genitals to the people gathered. He then performed a simulated sex act.
“At interview he couldn’t remember what had happened, but officers showed him the footage and he accepts it was him.
“The footage from Fenwicks shows him mounting the motorbike. From the interview with officers he appears ashamed of himself.”
In court, probation staff said his shocking behaviour stemmed from the breakdown of his relationship with Stacey Holt Souter, which was described as “toxic” and “abusive” on both sides, despite the fact they have two children together.
In March 2016 Chapman learned that Russell Souter, who worked for him at his groundworks firm in Dymchurch, had formed a relationship with Mrs Holt Souter.
Two months later Chapman lost his temper and went round to his former home in New Romney armed with a crowbar and smashed up Mr Souter’s van and the front door, causing thousands of pounds of damage.
Then, in January this year, Chapman made threatening telephone calls in which he faked an Indian accent from an unknown number.
In the calls he told Mr Souter: “I’m coming for you, it’s your last day. I’m going to cut you up until you are unrecognisable to your kids.
"If I can’t get you, I will get your grandma and grandad.
“I’m coming for you today and that’s it. I’m going to run you over in my van you fat mug, you silly little boy.”
In court, Chapman appeared visibly distraught by his actions, at times burying his head in his hands and at other times he was tearful.
Defence barrister Niall Doherty said: “Because his business partner had become involved with his domestic partner, it had a profound effect, it really shook him.
“He found out he was being pushed out of his family home and he took it very badly indeed. At that point he turned to alcohol to self medicate the pain he was feeling.
"Because his business partner had become involved with his domestic partner, it had a profound effect, it really shook him" - defence barrister Niall Doherty
“He was not very happy to be released from St Martin’s Hospital after two weeks. He got into a row with homeless people and they were telling to do things.
"He is adamant that there was goading and that he was encouraged by the homeless group and by youths."
Mr Doherty added that Chapman, who is now out out work and received incapacity benefit worth £71 per week, should be pitied and helped to rehabilitate himself from his drink and drug problems.
For the acts of criminal damage against Mr Souter and Mrs Holt Souter, Chapman was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for one year.
He was ordered to pay compensation of £500 to Mr Souter for damage done to the van, and £180 to Mr Llewellyn for the damage done to the motorbike.
Magistrates also ordered him to complete a year-long community order which will treatment for his alcohol addiction for at least six months, with a 20 day activity requirement.
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