by Stephen Moore
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A thief and crack addict who has preyed on the gay community for more than a decade has finally been banned from entering any public toilet in the whole of Westminster and Camden.
In an ASBO ruling thought to be the first of its kind, Charles Omishore, 32, has been banned by magistrates from setting foot anywhere in the West End, which stretches from Westminster into Camden.
But the loo ban means Omishore, who was staying with a friend in the borough, can’t enter any public toilet in either borough for five years.
Last Friday Westminster Magistrates’ Court granted the order after hearing about a string of offences in which Omishore typically pick-pocketed his male victims while engaging in sexual activity and then making off with wallets, mobile phones and other valuables.
The court heard that Omishore routinely targeted men in Soho bars, public toilets and the rose garden in Hyde Park.
In total Omishore has 22 convictions dating back more than 10 years for a range of offences including theft, fraud, drugs and bail offences. He has been convicted for possession of drugs including crack cocaine and heroin and has been arrested several times for smoking crack in public telephone boxes in central London.
Westminster Council is thought to be the first authority in England to gain such a court order. Cllr Nickie Aiken, its cabinet member for community protection, said: “We suspect Omishore has been getting away with this for so long because his victims have been reluctant to come forward and report attacks and thefts. A crime is a crime, and victims should feel they are able to report it, whatever the circumstances.
“Our landmark ASBO finally rids central London of this predatory offender, and we will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to theft, drug use and intimidating behaviour in the West End.”
Police and council officers are circulating his image, warning people to call the police immediately if they spot him in the exclusion zone.
Ch Insp Kevin Hobson, responsible for policing and business in the West End, said: “The impact on victims from such crimes is immeasurable and to those who have come forward to help the investigations in the past we again offer our sincere thanks and support.”