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Male stripper’s ankle tag ‘ruins act’

By Ivan McMichael

A male stripper walked into a police station and removed an electronic tagging device on his ankle — because it interfered with his work, the High Court has heard.

Sascha Machala (21) from Willowbrook Gardens, Bangor, had been ordered to wear the tag by a judge when releasing him on bail on a burglary charge.

Defence barrister Denis Boyd asked the Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Moran to re-admit Machala to bail. Mr Boyd said Machala started a stripogram business after seeing a ‘Go for it’ advert on television.

He attended three training courses and was hoping to take part in another course through the Prince's Trust.

“His business required him to attend house parties and perform in pubs.” said the lawyer. The business was in its infancy and he soon realised that he could not facilitate his business while wearing the tag as he relies on a certain quality of presentation.”

The Lord Chief Justice remarked: “He could put something fluffy around it.”

Mr Boyd replied: “I suppose he could incorporate it into his routine as a feature.”

He said Machala got so frustrated about the tag that he contacted those operating the tagging service and they advised him to see the police.

“It was then that he walked into the police station, took off the tag and was arrested,” said Mr Boyd.

Crown lawyer Barry Valentine said police were agreeable to Machala being released again as long as he was prepared to abide by the bail conditions.

Mr Boyd said one of the conditions was a curfew from 9.30pm to 7am.

Applying for an extension, he said Machala was obviously genuine about the stripogram business.

He even went to the length of going to a bank and entered into an agreement so that it was on a proper footing.

The Lord Chief Justice said he would grant bail but said he would not interfere with the tagging order. But he extended the curfew order from 9.30pm to 11pm.

“Hopefully, he will find a way to incorporate the tag into his act,” said Mr Boyd.

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