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Sex worker robbed at knifepoint in her own home, court hears

Published in The Daily Echo
27th April 2017

A SEX worker was robbed in her own home by three intruders – one of whom held a knife to her throat, a court heard. Violeta Pasare, 37, was alone in her flat at White Star Place in Southampton when the gang burst in and demanded money, jurors were told.

Rashpal Sanghera, 33, of Lingwood Close, Basset, is accused, along with others, of robbing Miss Pasare of cash and identity documents. He entered a plea of not-guilty when his trial began at Southampton Crown Court yesterday.

Nicholas Hall, prosecuting, said Miss Pasare heard a knock at the door on the afternoon of December 6, 2015, and looked through the spyglass.

He added: “She could see a man outside and got the impression that he was not alone. She began to feel scared and told them she could not unlock the door, which was probably a fib, but they were not prepared to take no for an answer. The door was forced open and three men came into the flat. One of them pulled a knife, pointed it at her throat and demanded money.

“Once they found what they wanted, they all left via the front door.”


Police vow to go "above and beyond" to tackle city's pop-up brothel problem

Published in The Cambridge News
26th April 2017

Police have vowed to go “above and beyond” to target sexual exploitation in the south of Cambridge after councillors heard 85 per cent of women working in the city’s pop-up brothels did not know the right number to call in an emergency.

An update on crime in the south of the city was given by Sgt Ian Wood at a Cambridge City Council south area committee meeting on Monday night (April 24).

At a previous committee meeting back in October, councillors voted for police to tackle three crime priorities – which were to combat anti-social behaviour in the CB1/Brookgate development, promote road safety with specific reference to schools parking and tackle drug dealing/use in the south of the city.

Detective Inspector Nick Skipworth, who was also present at the meeting, told councillors that positive progress was being made in those areas and that the force wanted to go “above and beyond” to tackle issues members and local residents felt were important.

After a vote councillors chose three new local policing priorities for the next six months – which included combatting ‘county lines’ drug dealing, burglary and sexual exploitation.


Escort and ex-boyfriend GUILTY of locking "lonely" OAP in "stinking" cellar

Published in The Echo
25th April 2017

AN escort and her violent ex-boyfriend were found guilty of robbing a “lonely” pensioner and locking him up in a “stinking” cellar. Susan Garside, 53, and Anthony Miller, 49, face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted of robbery and false imprisonment by a jury of six men and six women at Liverpool Crown Court today.

The elderly victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced to stage a remarkable escape from the darkness of Garside’s cellar where he had been left blindfolded, gagged and bound by his hands and feet.

Miller and two other men, who have not been traced, threatened to stab his eyes out, cut off his ears and fingers and reinforced the threats by drawing blood on the man’s neck and ears with a knife.

The court heard the man began a friendship with Garside after staff looking after his wife, who has dementia, encouraged him to have a “life outside the nursing home” and seek female company. He told the jury: “They said don’t let Alzheimer’s kill two people. I had to have a life, believe me the loneliness was terrifying.”

The pair met on sex work website, where Garside advertised under the name ‘Summer Blackvelvet’. The pensioner, who gave evidence from behind a screen, said Garside later told him she “had feelings” for him and the pair would meet socially and go out for meals.