Colne man “felt horny” outside school

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A DRUNKEN man found loitering outside a Colne primary school around home-time told the caretaker he was waiting for unaccompanied children as he was “feeling horny”, a court was told.

James Brame (25), who had first been spotted at a playground at Park Primary School at about 3pm, on September 6th, told Cameron Weir he wanted “some kids on their own”.

He said: “I’m here to pick up any children not being picked up by their parents, as I’m feeling horny.”

Pennine magistrates heard how jobless Brame, who could be heard by passing youngsters aged between five and 10, as well as parents, was later arrested and was picked out on a video identity parade by Mr Weir.

He had denied any involvement in the incident.

Brame, who has a criminal record, but no convictions for sexual offences, has now been banned from going within 100 metres of the Rutland Street school for two years, after the Bench imposed a restraining order.

The defendant, who faces up to five years behind bars if he flouts the order, had admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour and was fined £110. He must pay £50 compensation to the school.

The justices said they had been looking to impose a community order with supervision, but the offence carries only a fine or a discharge.

The Bench chairman told Brame, of Glen Street, they were quite concerned about his conduct, as “it wasn’t just bad language, it was the content of the language”.

He said the restraining order was to protect not just the pupils, but the staff, parents and other school users.

Eddie Harrison (prosecuting), said at around 3pm, Mr Weir was made aware of the defendant, who was being a nuisance on the bottom playground on Gordon Street, banging a disposable barbecue against a wall.

The caretaker saw the defendant standing by the bottom gate, on the footpath on Gordon Street.

He approached Brame, who was obviously drunk or under the influence of drugs. He was very unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred.

Mr Weir asked the defendant what he was doing, what he was waiting for, if he was with someone or waiting for somebody. He spoke to him a couple of times, but got no response.

The prosecutor said the headteacher came down and asked the caretaker to lock the gates, as he was concerned about the defendant’s behaviour.

Mr Weir stood in the school grounds, near to Brame, to keep an eye on him.

After a couple of minutes, he again approached the defendant and asked why he was there.

The defendant told him he felt horny and wanted “some kids on their own”.

Mr Weir informed the headteacher and the police were called.

Mr Harrison said Mr Weir told police Brame did not say anything directly to the children.

Mr Weir told the defendant to stay away from the area in that condition and he started to walk off.

The caretaker, who watched him go onto a nearby street, gave officers a description of the defendant once back at the school.

The hearing was told the defendant had 45 offences on his record. He had been given an alcohol treatment programme in July last year, but it seemed he had relapsed.

Mark Williams (defending), said : “He has no recollection of this incident at all.

“He says this has been a real wake- up call for him. He had been with a friend, had been drinking and thinks he might have taken something else as well. He doesn’t know as he simply can’t remember.

“It may be he thought it was funny at the time. Clearly, it’s not and it’s certainly not funny to the courts.”

“He apologises on the basis he has to accept it was him.

“It is not the sort of behaviour he would usually engage in and he is hugely embarrassed by the words that were used.”