A Cornishman with a fetish for frolicking naked in cow manure was jailed for two years this week, less than two months after being released for similar offences.
Judge Christopher Elwen criticised David Truscott, 41 for his ‘bizarre fetish and disgusting behaviour’ after hearing how he was discovered covered in cow dung and ‘naked apart from a single sock’ at a farm near Red Ruth, Cornwall.
Mr Trustcott was previously caught in almost identical circumstances in 2004 following a 7 month police surveillance operation though on that occasion was wearing shiny red shorts and latex gloves. He later confessed to Magistrates in Truro to owning 360 pairs of panties, sleeping in ladies pyjamas and ‘getting a kick out of manure’ (The Sun).
Subsequently sentenced to three years in jail for arson (he burned down a cattle barn, killing a cow inside, after reportedly becoming enraged when the farmer cleaned out a muck spreader to discourage him), he was sentenced to another 16 weeks in 2009 after being caught climbing into another muck spreader on the same farm.
Speaking in court this week, prosecutor Jill Wilson outlined his obsession.
“There is a history of his visiting this particular farm seeking sexual gratification while immersed in cow dung and mud,” she said. “This is the only place he seeks to gratify himself in this particular manner. It goes back seven years.” (Juice FM http://bit.ly/gCjT7v )
The Cornishman was sentenced just as prestigious London art gallery the Wellcome Collection revealed details of their upcoming exhibition ‘Dirt: the Filthy Reality of Everyday Life’ which Reuters said will focus on ‘filth, faecal matter and grime in all its forms’.
"Dirt is everywhere and periodically we get very worried about it,” Wellcome exhibition chief Ken Arnold told the press agency. ”But we have also discovered that we need bits of it and, guiltily, secretly, we are sometimes drawn to it,” he added.
Promoting the event on their website as a ‘major exhibition’, Wellcome promised to take ‘a closer look at something that surrounds us but that we are often reluctant to confront (and) to explore our ambivalent relationship with dirt.’
“'Dirt' will reveal the fascinating world of filth that remains one of the very last taboos,’ they added, “the exhibition uncovers a rich history of disgust and delight in the grimy truths and dirty secrets of our past, and points to the uncertain future of filth.” (Wellcome: http://bit.ly/hZcgJ2 )
http://bit.ly/g2vyjl (Wellcome at Glastonbury 2011; ‘Whether boutique gatherings or tented cities, organisers and visitors have to deal with plentiful mud and dust, limited showers and loos, and numerous humans (and their germs) in close proximity . . .’)