A BARRY fetishist who made a ‘highly sexualised, offensive, indecent, menacing and inappropriate phone call’ to a Cardiff ladies fashion accessory store, was this week jailed by a judge, who called the offence ‘gross’.

Trevor William Cornwell, of Powis View, appeared at Cardiff & Vale Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

He had previously pleaded guilty to the offence, over an incident which involved a phone call to Claire's Accessories in Cardiff city centre on August 19.

District Judge Bodfan Jenkins, sitting at the magistrates court in Cardiff, also imposed an indefinite sexual offences prevention order on Cornwell, which includes the condition that he must not wear women’s hosiery in public.

The court heard on Monday (January 16) how the 45-year-old rang the store at around 11.50am, and asked the shop employee who answered whether they sold fishnet tights, and in what colour, because a family member needed them.

He then made grossly offensive remarks, and the assistant heard sounds of sexual activity over the phone, the court was told.

Prosecutor Tony Dicken said: "She was extremely concerned, and she hung up and called the police. She also dialed 1471 and the police made enquiries."

Officers tracked down Cornwell, arrested him on August 26 and seized his mobile phone, which he initially told them had been lost.

Defending Cornwell, Garth James said his client had expressed remorse for his behaviour.

Mr James said: "He has had difficulty coming to terms with the nature of the behaviour which is absolutely abhorrent and unacceptable.

"He quite clearly has fetish problems."

District Judge Jenkins, sentencing Cornwell, said: "You have committed an act in the execution of this offence that can only be described as gross.

"The fact that you committed this act while drunk aggravates it."

The sexual offences order prevents Cornwell from living in a house with anyone under 18; from having contact directly or indirectly with anyone under 18; and from doing any paid activity - recreational, unpaid or voluntary - without the prior approval of local authority social services.

The order also bars him from wearing female hosiery in any public place, and he must not visit Holm View leisure centre, in Barry, any weekday from 10am to 8pm or at any time on the weekend.