September 2019

Pervert sexually assaulted another woman after council moved him into Travelodge

A pervert released from prison into a Travelodge sexually assaulted another victim just three days later.

Keith Cahill – who uses his wheelchair to gain sympathy then entraps women and children – has a bizarre leather fetish.

The 52-year-old asks for hugs and kisses from young females, or offers to shake their hand, then gropes them.

The creep licked one woman’s hand and on another occasion tickled a victim, while saying in a baby voice: “Tickle tickle.”

However, Cahill, of Old Colliery Road, Whiston , is said to have “severe difficulties”, due to a childhood medical condition.

Doctors told Liverpool Crown Court his mental problems couldn’t be treated, meaning he wasn’t suitable for a hospital order.

A judge gave him a supervision order and placed him under the care of Knowsley Council , which put him up in the hotel.

That came after Liverpool Probation Service had identified accommodation, which the local authority was unwilling to fund.

A second judge slammed the decision to move him into the Travelodge , saying it was “clearly a mistake”.

But the council insisted it raised “major concerns” about the supervision order and the hotel was only a “temporary solution”.

It insisted the proposed unit in Liverpool was not secure and “offered no additional benefits to mitigate safeguarding concerns”.

Cahill was accused of sexually assaulting a girl and four women, and assaulting a police officer, in five incidents starting in 2017.

He was arrested at Liverpool One Bus Station on December 12 that year, after targeting a shop assistant at around 10am.

Cahill asked a male staff member “for that young lady to help me”, put his hand out for her to shake, and asked her name.

She thought he was just being friendly and when he said he wanted ladies shoes and a bag, found a male colleague to help.

He became upset so she assisted him, only for Cahill to twice touch her below the ribs, saying in a baby voice: “Tickle tickle.”

The victim became “very uncomfortable and upset” and shortly afterwards Cahill bragged to a male worker: “I tickled her.”

Arthur Gibson, prosecuting, said police tried to search Cahill, but the pervert told an officer to go away and spat in his face.

On January 1, 2018, Cahill asked a woman walking along Manchester Road in Prescot for a hug and her name, at around 8.10pm.

Feeling sorry for him, she bent down and gave him a hug, but he wouldn’t let go, asked her to go to his house and kissed her on the cheek.

She pulled away but he put his hand between her legs and stroked her thigh up to her groin, so she pushed him off and ran into a Tesco.

The victim rang police, who found her crying and being comforted by a Tesco worker, before catching Cahill in his wheelchair nearby.

He said “yeah I’ve been stupid and touched a girl, could you apologise to her for me?” then added on the way to his care home that it was “silly”.

On January 14, at around 9.20am, Cahill approached a woman sitting on a bench outside Domino’s Pizza in Huyton and started shouting.

He asked for her name and said his, then asked if he could have a hug and when she declined, held out his hand for a handshake.

She was prepared to shake his hand, but Cahill pulled her hand up to his face and kissed it, then licked the back of it with his tongue.

The horrified victim eventually managed to pull her hand away after he grabbed it for a second time and refused to let go.

She felt disgusted and feared Cahill would attack her, so hid around the corner and phoned her mum, then later rang police.

The pervert struck again on January 16, this time targeting an 11-year-old girl on her way to her gran’s after school.

She heard someone say ‘help’ and saw Cahill in a wheelchair, who asked her if she could help him get up, which she did.

The girl agreed to a hug, but he kept hugging her, said he wanted to kiss her and kissed her on her cheek, then said he liked her jacket.

She told him her gran would get worried and she had to go, but he asked for one more hug, then if he could pull down the zip of her coat.

The girl refused, but he put one arm around her and tried to pull down the zip, so she yelled at him to stop and ran away.

The child’s gran called her mum, who found her “in floods of tears”, and with her dad they went and found Cahill, who waited for police.

Cahill told an officer: “I know I shouldn’t have done what I did to his daughter,” adding: “I give her a hug and that’s what I did and I want to apologise to her.”

He was charged and remanded in custody at Walton prison on January 18, but on his first day there put his hand between the legs of a female worker.

Doctors determined he wasn’t fit to stand trial, so a “finding of fact hearing” was held in January this year, when jurors found he performed the acts.

The court heard doctors believed Cahill’s condition could not be treated, which Judge Anil Murray said left him with two choices on February 22.

He could either impose a conditional discharge, when an offender will not be sentenced unless a further offence is committed within a stated period, or a supervision order, which places a person under the supervision of a local authority.

The Probation Service said it had found premises where Cahill would be supervised, but Knowsley Council was unwilling to fund this accommodation.
Handing Cahill a two-year supervision order, Judge Murray told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.

The pervert was released into the care of the council, which moved him into a Travelodge, but he struck again on February 25.

Mr Gibson said a young woman working in Stockbridge Village went out on her lunch break and sat on a bench to phone her mum.

She was approached by Cahill, who “maneuvered his wheelchair so that she was in effect pinned to the bench” with “his knees touching hers”.

The victim – described by colleagues as quite shy and anxious – felt very uncomfortable, so kept talking to her mum and put the phone on her knee.

Mr Gibson said: “He asked her whether she owned or wore any black leather clothing – one of his problems is that he has a fetish about leather – and when she said ‘no’, he pointed to a woman and young child saying ‘I have done this to her and she does’.”

He grabbed her arm, asked her name and said his, then refused to let her leave, despite her mum hearing her say: “No I can’t, I have to get back to work now.”

Cahill talked about a prison show on TV, which he said was about lesbians who touched each other, before putting his hands down his pants and masturbating.

The distressed victim, who managed to worm free, jump over the bench and run away, told colleagues and Cahill was arrested the next day.

Mr Gibson said: “He confirmed that he had a fetish for leather, and that touching leather turned him on, that is sexually aroused him.

“He said he had spoken to her about Prisoner: Cell Block H, saying how the prisoner had sex with the prison officer, and how he became excited as he told her about this.”

A second finding of fact hearing in August found he carried out sexual assault and outraged public decency.

This time, two doctors said they believed Cahill could in fact be treated, and a seven-year hospital order was imposed.

Judge Sophie McKone said: “The decision had been that you would be supervised, but for some reason you were put into a Travelodge and that was clearly a mistake, because it wasn’t suitable for you.

“You caused much distress for that lady and it must have been very upsetting for her.

“I have heard a lot of reports about you and they are all of the view that you are suffering from a mental disorder.”