A British man who was caught trying to have sex with a mailbox has reportedly been found dead, just weeks after he was forced to sign the Sex Offenders Register.
Paul Bennett, 45, was caught with his pants down some time ago at the Scholes Precinct in Wigan. Heavily drunk, he tried at the time to make love to a mailbox, before swinging half naked from a nearby lamp post.
According to the Manchester Evening News, an eye-witness called 911, and when cops arrived, the man was still apparently exposing himself indecently. At the time, Bennett was arrested and taken into custody, while swearing profusely at the arresting officers.
As he pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent exposure and using threatening and abusive words with abusive behaviour at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court, he was forced to be added to the Sex Offenders Register and received fines.
In attempting to defend his client, attorney Martin Jones referred to the eye-witness who called the police, “The lady watched for some time and was ashamed, disgusted and upset and my client accepts that. Clearly there are issues that need to be addressed.”
At the time, Bennett was ordered to pay $75 in compensation to the person who saw him and $250 in court costs as well as other small fines.
However, just weeks later, the body of Paul Bennett was found behind a Chinese restaurant early on Sunday morning.
While his death doesn’t appear suspicious, according to police it may well be drug-related, although this has yet to be confirmed.
A Greater Manchester police spokesman told reporters, “We were called at 1.35am on Sunday, February 22, following reports the body of a 45-year-old man was found in Poolstock. His death is non-suspicious so the coroner is now dealing with it.”
It remains to be seen what the cause of Paul Bennett’s death was, as the coroner tries to establish if it was suicide or perhaps a drug overdose. It’s definitely one of the odder news stories to cross the headlines in recent weeks, though.