A man who harassed women by dressing up as a pink Disney princess has been banned from wearing fancy dress in public. Ian Qualters looked through their windows, trespassing into one garden of an empty house and walking into a neighbour’s house uninvited.
The 41-year-old was also spotted wearing women’s swimwear and leotards around Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, between July 2015 and February this year.
Prosecutors said Qualters had harassed a neighbour by making lewd comments to her as she walked past his home, and had been seen by other women in female leggings, leotards and swimming costumes.
Once, Qualters, of Ellesmere Port, had peered through a resident’s windows while dressed in a pink Disney Princess costume.
Witnesses said Qualters would run away and hide in bushes if he was caught, and would be seen laughing and jumping.
Qualters avoided jail after admitting a number of public order offences and harassment offences, and was also given a restraining order.
A Criminal Behaviour Order was imposed so he is no longer allowed to wear women’s swimwear or fancy dress in public.
Qualters also cannot enter a leisure/sport facility, enter a garden or driveway without permission, approach lone females, solicit for photographs in public, touch his genitals in public, show his genitals in public or use abusive or threatening language.
Chester Magistrates Court also heard how Qualters resisted arrest and had to be restrained by six officers who used CS spray to detain him.