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Naked carpenter Robert Jenner on trial at Maidstone Magistrates' Court

By Ed McConnell

A man was so disgusted when he spotted a naked carpenter bent over mixing cement he dialled 999.

Frederick Black, who lives near Rob Jenner's Eccles home, said: "Kids are walking around that area all the time, it's right by a school. People don't want to see that, it's not right."

Jenner denies 13 public order offences and one charge of breaching a community protection notice.

Rob Jenner has appeared in court

Rob Jenner has appeared in court

Giving evidence on the first day of the 42-year-old former soldier's trial Mr Black said a few days before the sighting he had noticed a sign had been erected outside the Stevens Road property which read: “A naturist is working on this property, please do not take offence.”

Mr Black was on his way back from the shops when he saw Jenner working in his front garden.

Paul Edwards, prosecuting, told Maidstone Magistrates' Court Jenner's actions caused harassment, alarm and distress to neighbours.

He said Jenner must have known this would be the outcome as he took the step of making the sign, adding: "He is not a naturist he is an exhibitionist."

But Alex Davey, defending, said: "He accepts being naked on each occasion, he is a naturist and does not believe his behaviour caused harassment, alarm or distress. In any case his behaviour is acceptable in accordance with his human rights." 

Rob Jenner carries out work on his house. Picture SWNS.

Rob Jenner carries out work on his house. Picture: SWNS.

The court heard from four witnesses today whose reactions to Jenner's nude DIY ranged from awkwardness to anger.

Michael Smith told the court he dropped his children off at the nearby primary school and was driving back up Stevens Road when he saw Jenner completely naked leaning on a rake.

They made eye contact and the defendant walked inside.

Mr Smith said he was angry because his daughter had seen Jenner a few days previously, so he parked his car and banged on Jenner's door while shouting: "Get out of the ******* house."

He apologised for his language to a neighbour, who responded: "My husband has been wanting to do that for a long time."

Jenner did not emerge and Mr Smith drove off.

Rob Jenner denies 14 charges. Picture SWNS.

Rob Jenner denies 14 charges. Picture: SWNS.

Lisa Jarrett, who lives opposite, saw Jenner naked on 12 occasions between August and October.

The mother-of-two said it was not nice to see and added: "Some people do think it's quite funny but they don't have to see it everyday."

Community warden Debbie Foreman said she felt uncomfortable after seeing Jenner crouched down in his front garden.

His genitalia were covered by his work belt.

The trial continues.

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