Jailed men who pimped girl 'made PS15,000'.
Byline: PAUL BEARD Court reporter email@example.com
TWO men who pimped out a 17-year-old girl on the streets of Hillfields night after night made an estimated PS15,000 from their evil trade, a judge has heard.
But Martin Cantle and Thomas Entwistle, who are now both serving 11 years in prison, blew their ill-gotten gains on expensive clothes, food and other girls, and have nothing left.
Cantle, 24, of Aldbourne Road, Radford, and Entwistle, 26, of Dog Lane, Napton, were found guilty in February of controlling a child prostitute and supplying her with cocaine.
The monsters treated the vulnerable teenager "as a slave in every way" and "swamped" her with cocaine to maintain their control.
After jailing them following the trial at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC adjourned a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act for an investigation into their finances.
At the resumed hearing, with Entwistle in the dock and Cantle appearing via a video link from HMP Long Lartin, prosecutor Paul Prior said the relevant period for assessing their benefit from the girl's prostitution was from mid-April to mid-July 2014.
"A benefit of PS15,000 has been assessed, on the basis of an average earning of PS250 a night, and based on a five-day week over the course of that three months," he said.
But Mr Prior said that neither man, who the jury heard had blown the money they took from the girl on clothes, food and other girls, had any available assets.
So Judge Lockhart ruled that they had each had a benefit of PS7,500 - and ordered that a nominal PS1 should be confiscated from each of them, with one day in prison in default. By making a nominal order, it means further sums can be seized from them if they have any assets in the future.
Robert Underwood, prosecuting during the four-week trial earlier this year, had said the girl sometimes ended up sleeping in derelict buildings and taking alcohol and drugs. "We say it was that vulnerability that these two defendants preyed on. For a period of months in 2014 they groomed her and coerced her and controlled her," Mr Underwood said. "They were her pimps and helped themselves to the money she earned out on the streets as a sex worker. She was then 17, and in the eyes of the law still a child. She was, we say, the victim of child sexual exploitation. As a result they would profit financially. They made sure of this by transporting her to and from Hillfields and supervising and controlling her activity."
Mr Underwood said they also plied her with cocaine "to make her vulnerable to their campaign", but said she "finally built up the courage" to go to the police, describing Cantle as the "puppet-master".