‘Somerset gimp’ appears in Crown Court charged with outrage of public decency

Joshua Hunt is accused of being the

Joshua Hunt is accused of being the ‘gimp of Somerset’ and has been charged with two counts of brawling, one count of possession of a bladed object and another count of outrages upon public decency – AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE

A man accused of being the ‘gimp of Somerset’ has appeared in Crown Court for the first time charged with outrage of public decency.

Joshua Hunt, 31, appeared before Judge Martin Picton on Wednesday for a plea and trial preparation hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

He is charged with two counts of brawling and one count each of possession of a bladed article and of committing an offense against public decency.

It follows a series of incidents in a number of Somerset villages.

adjourned case

Mr Hunt, who lives at Brook Farm, Claverham, Somerset, is accused of approaching two lone female drivers on separate occasions on May 7 and 9, 2022 in the Bleadon area.

The 31-year-old, who wore a gray tracksuit in the dock, appeared in court flanked by two security guards.

He only spoke to confirm his name and offered no pleas to the four counts he faces.

The case was adjourned for a new plea and pre-trial hearing on June 23 due to delays on a report.

A four-day trial is scheduled for November 6. There was no request for bail.

Mr Hunt’s appearance at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday followed an initial trial court hearing last month which heard allegations that a man in a rubber suit had a lock knife in his van after an incident with two passers-by.

The previous hearing was told that the rubber-clad individual allegedly terrified the two women by jumping on them in country lanes wearing a rubber suit.

“Horror-stricken”

One of the women was described in court as being “stricken with horror” while the other said she was “terrified”.

In a separate incident on October 25 last year, relating to the outrage of public decency charge, the earlier trial court hearing heard that Mr Hunt allegedly left a pair of friends in distress after approaching them wearing a gimp costume and rubbing his genitals on his clothes.

There have been a number of reports from villages around Somerset in recent years of what appeared to be a man in a gimp costume, prompting Avon and Somerset Police to issue calls for the public report any sightings.

A neighbour, who lives in Claverham, described Mr Hunt as ‘charming’ and a ‘very nice young lad’.

They added: “I know Joshua because he works for me, he does my gardening.”

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