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News of raids, prosecutions, robberies, assaults etc from the world of punting


Escort was almost certainly murdered in north-east flat

Published in The Press & Journal
17th January 2017

An escort allegedly raped and murdered in a north-east flat almost certainly died at the hands of someone else, a court has heard. Jessica McGraa’s half-naked body was found face down and motionless in a rented apartment on Union Terrace on February 11 last year.

Bala China is accused of raping and murdering the 37-year-old and is currently on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen. It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing two mobile phones from the sex worker.

The court previously heard from pathologist Dr Matthew Lyall that natural causes could not be ruled out. But yesterday Professor James Grieve, who co-authored the post-mortem with him, said this was exceptionally unlikely.

He said: “The presence of parietal haemorrhages in the victim’s eyes and lips indicated to us that she had suffered from a mechanical asphyxiation, from that we had to rule other things out. You cannot rule out entirely the prospect of a natural death from pathology alone.

“For it to have been natural there would likely have been a family history or she would have been on medication, there is no record of this. The lack of marks around her neck does not mean there was no strangling, in many cases they do not present.”


West Yorkshire brothel owner sent to prison

Published in The Yorkshire Evening Post
17th January 2017

A MAN who ran a brothel for two years at a house he owned in West Yorkshire has been sent to prison.  John Dixon, 54, was given a four-month sentence after a court heard he made £300 a week from the illegal business. Leeds Crown Court heard police executed a warrant at the property on Wakefield Road, Pontefract, on April 17 last year.

Felicity Hemlin, prosecuting, said officers spoke to a woman at the premises who admitted she was a “working girl” and the property was being used as a brothel.

Officers spoke to Dixon who admitted that two other women also used the property for prostitution.  He said the women charged clients £35 per “service” and £15 of each payment went to him.  Dixon, also of Wakefield Road, Pontefract, said he had been earning around £300 a week.

Miss Hemlin said: “He accepted he did know it was a brothel and that he set up a website that offered sexual services.”

Dixon pleaded guilty to managing a brothel.

Anthony Sugare, mitigating, said Dixon had owned the property for 15 years but it had only been used as a brothel for the past two years.  He said the premises had previously been a legitimate sauna business but the tenant had stopped paying rent and the property became empty.


Man in court admits hiring a prostitute in Derbyshire

Published in The Burton Mail
16th January 2016

A 24-year-old man has been made the subject of a court order and made to pay costs after admitting hiring a prostitute in Derbyshire. Musab Hassan, of Pear Tree Street, Normanton, Derby, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court recently where he admitted the offence in front of magistrates.

In court he admitted soliciting a prostitute in Normanton Road, Derby, in the city on October 21.

Hassan was made the subject of a 12-month conditional discharge by magistrates and was ordered to pay £85 court costs. He must also pay a £20 victim surcharge, the court decided.