Balloon fetishist broke sex offences order by visiting Butlins Water World

Court news.
Court news.

A Boston man who breached a court order by visiting Butlins Water World has been given a lengthy supervision order.

David Hunter went to the complex despite being under a sexual offences prevention order which bans him from visiting premises frequented by children.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, said Hunter knew he should not have visited the complex and later confessed to staff at a hostel where he was living.

Two months earlier a memory card containing over 1,200 photographs of children was found when police searched Hunter’s home.

Mr Janes said that none of the photographs were indecent but Hunter was banned from possessing any photograph of a child under the age of 16.

The photographs included copies of old family snaps dating back to the 1960s but Hunter knew he should not have had them.

Mr Janes said: “He was in clear breach of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order. A number of the photographs depicted children holding balloons.

“They are innocuous in one sense but it demonstrates his continuing interest in such items. The defendant’s previous convictions and behaviour centre around offences of a sexual nature involving balloons of an orange hue. That is a peculiar feature of Hunter’s fetish.”

Hunter,64, of Middlecott Close, Boston, admitted two breaches of a sexual offences prevention order on dates in February and April this year. He was given a three-year supervision order.

Hunter had faced six further charges of breaching the order concerning alleged incidents in Boston, Spalding and Sleaford libraries but those matters were discontinued by the CPS.

Timothy Bowden, defending, said the original court order imposed on Hunter was so wide-ranging that he faced a jail sentence simply for possessing photographs of himself as a child.

“There is not an indecent image amongst these photographs. They are predominantly old family photographs going back many years.

“They are not only photographs of children but of cars, building and adults. He had no equipment in his possession that allowed him to view the images on the SD card.”