The man, known as “Purple Aki”, slowly rose to fame in the North-West of England and was soon a household name for his bizarre compulsions.
Who is “Purple Aki”, real name Akinwale Arobieke, and what are his most notable achievements?
Who are the Purple Aki?
In the 80s Aki was seen asking young rugby players to touch his muscles and offering advice on exercise.
Although it seemed innocent and funny at first, Aki was reportedly known to have prayed on teenagers and professional rugby players.
Growing up in the Northwest England of England in the 1990s, “Purple Aki” became an urban legend. Teenagers would tell stories about a man asking to feel their muscles.
Aki was frequently seen walking between northern train stations carrying his plastic bag. Soon Aki was little more than an inside joke in Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales.
After many encounters with the law, Aki would sometimes resurface in local newspapers.
From 2006, he was prohibited from touching, measuring, or feeling muscle. He also had to ask strangers to do squats.
Aki was prohibited from waiting near schools or gyms and was also banned from entering Warrington Widnes and St. Helens – which are well-known for their rugby presence.
What does Purple Aki refer to?
Purple Aki is the name of someone who has been classified as a “nonce”, which is a slang term for “paedophile”, according to the urban dictionary.
Purple Aki’s dark skin tone is thought to be the reason.
Aki has spoken out many times about his public image and the treatment he has been subject to.
He is offended by the name “Purple Aki”, which is an apparent reference to his dark skin.
Why has Purple Aki been sent to prison?
Gary Kelly, then 16, noticed that Gary was being followed by a muscular, 6-foot-five, giant man. He was then confronted by Kelly to ask him if he could touch his muscles.
Gary was with his friends at New Brighton’s outdoor pool on 15 June when Aki was seen following Gary once more.
Gary ran to New Brighton station, tried to hide in a stationary train, but he was caught by Aki who watched from the platform.
Although it’s unclear what exactly happened, Gary touched the third rail and was shocked by 750 volts.
Gary died despite all efforts to revive him. Akinwale was convicted of involuntary murder, indecent assault, and harassment of 14 boys.
He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for his participation on the platform that caused Kelly’s death.
In 1988, Aki appealed against the conviction, arguing that standing on a platform doesn’t constitute a criminal offence. However, the judges disagreed that evidence showed that Aki physically threatened Kelly.
Aki was released from prison after the convictions were overturned. He claimed that Aki had been charged racially and was awarded PS35,000 compensation.
“They receive many calls per day claiming that I am at locations throughout the country, even though I am in prison,”
Akinwale Arobieke2010 Court Appearance.
It was evident that Aki’s obsession was out of control. After being released in 2003 Aki was arrested on 15 counts of witness intimidation, harassment, and other charges and sentenced to six years in prison.
Aki, who commented on the man’s biceps less than seven months after the touching ban and touched them up missionary, was arrested for violating his SHPO and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Aki was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment in 2010 for touching the muscles of a 16-year old boy. The judge called him a “sexual predator”. Aki claimed that he was being set up.
Aki was again arrested in 2015 for harassing a man, a young man, on a train to Manchester.
While Aki was found guilty, he claimed that he had been falsely accused again due to his reputation as more reports started to come in.
In April 2016, the SHPO (or touching ban) was lifted. Psychologists determined that Aki’s obsession with touching muscles was not sexually motivated.
He’s been a North West legend since then and lives his life without ever being in prison