Bicep-fondling 6ft5 bodybuilder Akinwale Arobieke handed ‘substantial’ payout
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A well known, bicep-obsessed, bodybuilder has been handed a 'substantial' out of court settlement from police just before he takes them on in court.
Akinwale Arobieke from Liverpool, had claimed two Greater Manchester Police officers had carried out a campaign against him to get him into trouble.
The 6ft 5in giant who has previous criminal convictions, sued the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.
The man mountain who became notorious in the north-west of England after approaching young men and demanding to check out their bodies, has now received the payout just weeks before the trial was due to take place at Manchester County Court.
Mr Arobieke alleged that from 2012 he was targeted by two particular officers, who are not being publicly named at this time.
One of the officers is now a Detective Superintendent in the same force and the other officer cannot currently be named in any event for legal reasons.
Mr Arobieke alleged that the officers took exception to his attendance at an event and embarked upon a campaign against him, making false allegations that he had harassed the now Detective Superintendent, which culminated in a charge and prosecution.
He said they did this knowing that given a 'draconian' court order in place against him, they would get him into trouble.
Mr Arobieke successfully defended himself at the trial of harassment in 2013.
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He instructed James Murray solicitors, to assist him with pursuing GMP for compensation.
Mr Arobieke said that the allegations and years it has taken the civil action conclude has caused him a great deal of anxiety and upset.
He also thanked his solicitors for their services in pursuing the case and securing him a 'substantial settlement from GMP'.
Lee Massingham of James Murray solicitors said: “Mr Arobieke has been unfairly treated for many years particularly after a draconian Sexual Offences Prevention Order was made against him.
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"He believes that the order has been abused on numerous occasions by a number of Forces and the events regarding this case are a very good example of this abuse.
“The order was lifted some time ago, but he has been forced to endure these proceedings for a number of years only to have the matter settled very soon before the trial.
"That said, I am delighted by the outcome of this case, for Mr Arobieke and feel he can now move on”.
A spokesperson for GMP said: "We can confirm GMP has settled the claim brought by Akinwale Arobieke and won't be commenting further."
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