Thursday, 12.30pm: Three people, dubbed the ‘scourge of Skegness’ by police, have been sentenced for offences relating to the kidnapping and forced prostitution of a town woman.
Stephen John Redhead, 48, of Park Street, Rotherham, was today (July 24) sentenced to 10 years, Stephanie Coggan, 26, also of Park Street, Rotherham, was sentenced to 15 months, while Jonathan Paul Lindley, 40, of Lowedges Road, Sheffield, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years.
A police spokesman said Judge Sean Morris commended six police officers and one member of police staff for their investigation into this case.
Wednesday, 5.15pm: Three people have been found guilty of offences involving the kidnap and forced prostitution of a Skegness woman.
Stephen John Redhead, 48, and Stephanie Coggan, 26, both of Park Street, Rotherham, together with Jonathan Paul Lindley, 40, of Lowedges Road, Sheffield, were convicted at Lincoln Crown Court today (Wednesday).
Redhead and Lindley were both found guilty of one count of kidnap and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Redhead, and his partner Coggan, were convicted of the offence of causing or inciting prostitution for gain.
The court was told that between December 30, of last year and January 6, 2014, the 33-year-old victim was forcibly taken by Redhead and Lindley from her Skegness home to Rotherham, where Redhead and Coggan made her work as a prostitute to repay a drug debt.
Redhead was also found guilty of a fourth count of possession of amphetamine with intent to supply, while Coggan was found not guilty of the offence.
The three were branded the ‘scourge of Skegness’ by a senior police officer involved in the investigation.
DCI Steve Taylor said that the victim’s lifestyle made her vulnerable to abuse.
He added: “Redhead and Coggan exploited that vulnerability, using fear and their formidable reputation as violent figures in the drug world to control her and her associates. They subjected her to degrading and humiliating treatment for their own profit and it is satisfying to see them convicted of these offences.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation. Their meticulous and diligent work has resulted in the conviction of three people, whose activities have been the scourge of Skegness.”
The offenders will be sentenced tomorrow at Lincoln Crown Court.