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


Man accused of murdering escort in north-east asked friend “please help” on day of her death

Published in The Press & Journal
13th January 2017

A man accused of raping and murdering an escort in a north-east flat asked his friend for help on the day of her death, a court has heard.

Jurors at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday heard Bala Chinda allegedly called a fellow student to ask for £300, before texting him saying “please help” and claiming he was facing an “emergency”. It came on the seventh day of the trial against the 26-year-old, who is accused of raping and murdering call girl, Jessica McGraa, at a flat on Union Terrace on February 11 last year.

It is alleged he inflicted blunt force trauma to her head and asphyxiated her before stealing a key and two mobile phones from the sex worker. He is further accused of disposing of his own handset in an attempt to defeat the ends of justice. He denies all the allegations.

Yesterday DC Richard Bruce took to the witness stand to discuss a police statement obtained from Srinadh Paladugu, a friend of Chinda’s, on February 22 last year. The court heard the pair had been studying on the same course at Robert Gordon University, and had gone on a night out together on February 10.

Mr Paladugu, who is from India, dropped out of his course in April last year, and could not be traced to appear before the court yesterday – despite the efforts of Interpol in his home country. Reading from the police report, advocate depute Paul Kearney, said Chinda had called Mr Paladugu on the morning of February 11.


Brit arrested in Spain sex club raid over underage brothel claims

Published in The Daily Star
13th January 2017

COPS have arrested a British man suspected of running a string of Spanish brothels where the prostitutes included a girl aged just 15. The youngster was working at a sex club in Pizarra near Malaga raided by police as part of an operation dubbed Cuatersen.

Officers say the organisation running the brothels had 150 women working for them at six clubs in Seville, Malaga, Almeria and Murcia. The unnamed 36-year-old has been described as the business partner of the other head of the organisation, a Spanish 35-year-old from the Costa del Sol.

There is no evidence the pair knew a 15-year-old was working in one of their clubs, as she was using fake ID she told police she had bought on the black market.

Her grandmother confirmed her age after being quizzed by detectives but told them she had no idea she was working as a prostitute and had told her she was going to a friend’s house whenever she left the home they shared.

The organisation managed their brothels as if they were hotels, giving the women that worked for them a percentage of the earnings from each of their clients as part of conditions police have described as “abusive.” The police investigation began last year after they received complaints from women they were being sexually exploited.


Tamworth brothel manager ordered to pay £40k after police blitz on criminals

Published in The Tamworth Herald
13th January 2017

A BROTHEL manager from Tamworth has been ordered to pay more than £40,000 after a police sting convicted 10 criminals across the region.

Waikin Chong, 48, of Wilnecote Lane, was arrested and charged with managing a brothel after a search warrant was executed at his address on November 16, 2015.

Chong appeared at Stafford Crown Court where a Confiscation Order was made for £48,850. He pleaded guilty to the charge on June 8, 2016 and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

The 48-year-old now has three months to pay the fine.

The arrest is part of a larger operation that saw detectives from Staffordshire Police's Fraud and Investigation Unit successfully securing charges against 10 convicted criminals – that left criminal nearly £200,000 out of pocket.

Detective Inspector Rob Harvmann said: "We welcome the results of the POCA hearings ordering criminals to pay back almost £200,000.