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Dewsbury men to appear in court charged with trafficking, sexual exploitation and grooming offences

Published in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner
16th October 2014

Two men have been charged with alleged sexual exploitation and grooming offences.

Ismail Haji, 37, of Rotary Close, Dewsbury , and Mohammed Chothia, 35, of Whitehall Way, Dewsbury, will both appear at Wakefield Magistrates' Court this morning.

Haji has been charged with two offences of rape, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence.

Chothia has been charged with sexual assault, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence.

Both have been charged in relation to offences against two young females and an adult female from the Wakefield area, with the offences alleged to have occurred between September and October this year.



Wirral man to face trial next year after denying being a pimp

Published in The Liverpool Echo
16th October 2014

A Wirral man will face trial next year after denying running a brothel and being in charge of prostitutes. Alleged pimp James Felix Anthony, 64, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with running a brothel at a flat in Wirral.

The 64-year-old pleaded not guilty to charges of being in control of a single prostitute for gain between January and April 2013, and being in charge of half a dozen different prostitutes between January and August of the same year. He also denied managing a brothel at an apartment in East Float Quay on Birkenhead’s Dock Road between January 1 2013 and August 24.

However Anthony pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of a small amount of cannabis on August 25 last year.

Anthony’s barrister said that his defence would be that he was running “a legitimate escort agency providing services none sexual in nature”. He said that meant massage and photography.

James Anthony was given bail on the condition he reside at his home on Vyner Court, Vyner Close, Prenton and not approach or contact witnesses.


Stanmore man sentenced for 'sadistic' murder of prostitute in Colindale

Published in The Barnett & Potters Bar Times
16th October 2014

A “sadistic” construction worker who murdered a prostitute with a Stanley knife before stealing her car has been jailed.

Nicolae Patraucean, a Romanian national living in Stanmore, pleaded guilty to murdering Rivka Holden at her home in Falcon Way, Colindale, before dismembering her body on Sunday, March 16.

Patraucean, 21, was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years at the Old Bailey today.

Patraucean stole his 55-year-old victim's red Hyundai i20 and drove it away from the scene, before abandoning it in the Kingsbury area – but the robbery was not believed to be a motive for the murder.

In July, the court was told that Patraucean had been drinking heavily in the 24 hours before the killing and had also taken cannabis, cocaine and heroin.

Prosecutor Timothy Cray also described the attack as “sadistic” and Patraucean claims to have no memory of the incident.