Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sex Worker Lured Victim to Robbery

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sex Worker Lured Victim to Robbery

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com @GazetteCourt

A PROSTITUTE used as a honey trap to lure a drunken reveller to a knifepoint robbery has been jailed for three-anda-half years.

Rachel McNamara, 26, took the victim to a flat where he was threatened with weapons by two men, held captive and relieved of cash.

He was walking home "nine out of 10" drunk after a night out with friends in Stockton when he saw McNamara in the street on the night of October 22 last year.

She asked the stranger whether he was looking for business. He agreed he was, gave her PS20 and bought her some sweets and drinks.

He went with her to a nearby flat where she sat him on a sofa and started "providing service", Teesside Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Penny Bottomley said two men then ran into the living room, one swearing and shouting: "What's going on? What are you doing with my girlfriend?" One of the men had a knife, the other a large piece of wood.

They told him not to move, threatened him and pointed the weapons at him until he gave them his PIN.

His phone and wallet were stolen from his jeans, and McNamara used his bank card to withdraw PS40 from a shop while the men kept the victim at the flat, the court was told.

The armed men made more threats and before letting him go, they told him he should not tell anyone.

This was offence... you into the flat two could advantage Judge Bourne-He later said it should not have happened "but stupidly through intoxication it did", and it left him feeling "petrified, agoraphobic, emasculated and fearful". He struggled to eat the next day and has been scared to go out since.

McNamara, of Hartington Road, central Stockton, admitted robbery and false imprisonment, adding to a record of 30 offences, including assault and shoplifting.

George Hazel-Owram, defending, said: "The two males aren't in the dock and haven't been charged. …

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