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Kidnapper now faces jail term.

A JUDGE has partly accepted the story of a kidnapper who abducted a former prostitute at knife point.

James Beeches pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.

He said he had been pickpocketed by Danielle McLoughlin, and intended to make a "citizen's arrest".

She said she didn't steal anything, and Beeches was intending to be sexually violent towards her.

But before sentencing could be carried out, Recorder Neil Davey QC had to determine whose version of events was true.

The prosecution managed to satisfy the judge that Beeches, 36, did have a 12-inch machete when he kidnapped Danielle McLoughlin from Borough Road, Middlesbrough, in the early hours on January 25 this year.

He was also satisfied that, because of a list of previous offences by Miss McLoughlin, pounds 160 was taken from Beeches outside the KFC on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

The judge rejected the prosecution claim that no money was taken, and the argument that Miss McLoughlin was abducted for a sexual purpose.

However, she gave a "compelling" account of an episode where she was chased by a machete-wielding Beeches.

The judge told Beeches a prison sentence was "inevitable" and bailed the Corus heavy plant driver before sentencing on August 17.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2009
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