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Police probe after prostitute found stabbed to death in north London flat

Published in The Evening Standard
1st June 2017


London
A murder investigation has been launched after a prostitute was found stabbed to death in her north London flat. The woman, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene in Kilburn after police officers gained entry in the early hours of Monday, May 29.

Police said the incident is being treated as “suspicious” after a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as “multiple stab wounds”. Detectives have warned other sex workers in the capital to be "extra vigilant" as they hunt the killer.

The woman last spoke to her family, who live in Italy, on May 21 and is believed to have been in the Kilburn area a day later. A concerned neighbour called police to the flat on Fernhead Road, where the victim lived alone, shortly before 1am on Monday.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, are investigating the murder. There have been no arrests.

DCI Nicola Wall said: "Whilst enquiries are on-going to establish the motive for the attack, it is considered likely that the motive is linked to the victim being a sex worker. I would urge sex workers in the London area to be extra vigilant at this time, we are working hard to identify the attacker but we urgently require their assistance.

"If you have any concerns about a recent client's behaviour, especially where threats or violence have been used do come and speak with us."

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Burnley killer tells jury ‘it was Derek Taylor or me’

Published in The Lancashire Telegraph
1st June 2017


Lancashire
A DRUG-addict prostitute who bludgeoned her 71-year-old lover to death went back the following day to make sue he was dead, a jury has been told. Deanha Neely, 32, admits killing Derek Taylor, from Blackburn but denies murder as she claims she lost control as she was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her partner.

Giving evidence at Preston Crown Court Neely, formerly of Hollingreave Road, Burnley, said Mr Taylor had come at her with a hammer and it was 'him or me'.

During cross-examination by prosecutor Guy Gozem, Neely told the jury how Mr Taylor used drugs to control her and when he did give her heroin and crack cocaine it would normally lead to sex.

Neely said on the day she killed Mr Taylor, January 2, he had given her two bags of crack cocaine and a bag of heroin but refused to give her a second bag of heroin so she could 'come down' until she had had sex with him.

The court heard Mr Taylor allegedly said “you have pushed me too far” before going towards Neely with a hammer. Mr Gozem said: “If its true Derek came at you with the hammer, how did you get it off him?”

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Man who made prostitutes of vulnerable Perth girls is placed on sex offenders’ register

Published in The Courier
31st May 2017


Scotland
A young man who preyed on teenage girls in Perth with offers of money for sex was caught in a sting by some of his young victims. John McCash scouted for potential partners online, under an assumed name, before apparently using his state benefits to offer as much as £1,000 to cash-strapped targets.

Despite initial success in convincing at least one vulnerable girl to turn to prostitution, the 21-year-old’s scheme soon fell apart. He persuaded an 18-year-old girl — who had been struggling to pay her rent — to take part in a late night liaison in the back of his car, but then made the mistake of targeting her friend.

She had already been warned about falling into his clutches and instead the two pals hatched a plan to trap him. When McCash drove into Perth city centre to meet her he found a group of young women waiting in the shadows to get look at his face and note his vehicle registration.

Though he made his escape, the women reported the matter to Police Scotland and officers were soon sent to carry out of a search of his home in Appin Terrace, rousing him from his bed at around 5am.

Perth Sheriff Court heard the police investigations then branched-out as they searched mobile telephones and computers for evidence of the steps taken to solicit girls. In addition to the information sought, they also discovered indecent photographs and videos of children as young as eight.

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