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Coventry kerb crawler who tried to strangle prostitute with USB cable

Published in The Coventry Telegraph
15th September 2017


West Midlands
Carlos Cristo launched a terrifying attack on a Hillfields prostitute - including trying to throttle her with a USB cable. Cristo tried to bundle the woman in the back of his car after picking her up in Hillfields.  She managed to escape without serious injury when she made her dramatic escape.
 
Cristo, 41, of George Street, Coventry, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting assault.

The assault took place on the car park of St Bartholomew’s Church in Binley , where a CCTV camera captured the attack at the side of Cristo’s car.  During the attack, which lasted almost six minutes, he repeatedly punched and kicked his victim, who is in her early 20s, and tried to drag her back into the car.

The young woman had been working at night in Hillfields in March when a car pulled up and the driver asked what she did. She said she agreed a price of £20 for sex, and got in his car and made small talk as he drove to Binley after asking her if she minded going that far.

She said: "We’ve gone down by the back of the church. He pulled down his sun visor and pulled a tenner out. I said we’d agreed 20. He said ‘Just do [a sex act], and I’ll go to a bank machine after'. I’ve heard that before, but I was desperate for money. I thought if he doesn’t go, I’ve still got a tenner. We had sex.

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A councillor was discovered 'covered in lipstick' when police raided a brothel

Published by Wales Online
15th September 2017


Wales
A councillor was discovered inside a brothel “covered in lipstick” when police were carrying out a search, a court heard. Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard on Friday that a warrant was executed by police on May 8, 2015, at a property in a residential area of the town.  The property in Regent Street, in Dowlais, had been used as a brothel for around a year.

Leon Hall, 36, appeared in the dock for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to one count of keeping a brothel used for prostitution. The court heard the father-of-three previously worked in the construction industry and had “reasonably well-paid” employment.

Christopher Rees, prosecuting, said police searched the property, run by Hall, in May 2015.

The court heard that a man called Brent Carter was inside the property. Mr Rees said Mr Carter arrived at the property, where the door was answered by a woman. They both went inside and within a few minutes police had also entered the property. Mr Rees told the court Mr Carter was “covered in lipstick”.

Speaking of the general use of the brothel, Mr Rees said: “Neighbours described seeing men arriving there all hours of the day and night and described hearing sexual activity at the address.”

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Suspected serial rapist questioned after violent sex attacks on up to 12 prostitutes

Published in The Irish Independent
14th September 2017


Ireland
A suspected serial rapist has been arrested after a garda operation in Dublin this afternoon. The Romanian national, believed to be aged in his 30s, was being held after three sex workers alleged they were violently raped at different locations across the country.

The most recent attack was in Portlaoise approximately a week ago and two previous attacks were reported at hotels in Co Galway and Dublin on earlier dates.

The suspect was arrested in West Dublin this morning after a major national operation involving gardaí from Co Laois, the garda Sexual Assault unit and local detective units. He is being held under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Lucan garda station in connection with the Galway attack.

However gardaí and sex industry workers suspect that there are a number of other victims who are "too afraid" to come forward and report the crimes. It is believed he attacked up to 12 women.

The suspect was previously involved in the sex industry and had worked as a bouncer at a number of Irish brothels. One theory being examined is that the suspect was tasked by others with "eliminating the competition" in the sex industry. All of the known victims are foreign nationals working as prostitutes in Ireland.

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