A MOTORBIKE-RACING champion from Rustington has pleaded guilty to outraging public decency.
James Caswell-Cox, 28, performed a lewd sex act in his car when he pulled up alongside a Land Rover driver stopped at a traffic light, Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday (February 16).
Motorbike champion Caswell-Cox won the ‘Newcomers’ Race’ at the prestigious Manx Grand Prix event on the Isle of Man last year.
But on August 11 last year he made a series of vile gestures at a woman and stuck his tongue out while he was driving his Vauxhall estate.
After pleading guilty to outraging public decency, driving without insurance and driving a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, he was ordered to pay compensation to the victim and carry out unpaid work.
The driver of the Land Rover, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said in a statement read out in court: “I consider myself to have broad shoulders, but I am glad this happened to me and not my daughter.
“But it has played on my mind.
“What is it that makes this guy think it is okay to do this?”
Melanie Wotton, prosecuting, said the woman driving had stopped at a set of traffic lights when Caswell-Cox pulled up next to her.
“He had already attempted to get her attention by gesturing which suggested he wanted her to pull over,” she said.
“She described it as being like a game of ‘cat and mouse’.
“He then made a number of rude gestures which she interpreted as being sexual.”
The victim described how Caswell-Cox had his tongue hanging out, and then performed the sex act.
The victim took down his number plate before ‘flooring it’ to get away from him.
Chairman of the magistrates Gavin Oclee-Brown said: “What that lady went through is totally unacceptable.”
He ordered Caswell-Cox to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 compensation to the victim.
The racer already had six points on his licence and he was handed another six points – banning him from the roads for six months.
Outside the court, he said the driving ban will not affect his motorbike career, claiming they were different licences.
He added: “I have said time and time again I would happily apologise to the woman who was driving.
“I don’t know why I did it.”