Three jailed for forcing Skegness woman into prostitution

Stephen Redhead, Stephanie Coggan and Jonathan Lindley Image copyright Lincs Police handouts
Image caption Stephen Redhead, Stephanie Coggan and Jonathan Lindley were all jailed at Lincoln Crown Court

Three people have been jailed for kidnapping a woman and forcing her into prostitution.

The 33-year-old woman was made to have sex with numerous men over eight days after being taken from her home in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

The money went to drug dealer Stephen Redhead, from Rotherham, who was jailed for 10 years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Judge Sean Morris praised Lincolnshire Police for tracking the woman down and rescuing her in January.

'Wicked' crimes

The trial heard she was forced into prostitution in South Yorkshire because she owed Redhead money for drugs.

Sentencing the defendants, the judge said: "There is only one way to describe your crimes and that is wicked. The victim was a vulnerable female made even more vulnerable by her drug habit.

"You forced her into prostitution to teach her a lesson. She was made to sell her body to fill the pockets of you, Mr Redhead."

The offences happened between 30 December and 6 January.

Redhead, 48, of Park Street, Rotherham, was found guilty of kidnap, trafficking for sexual exploitation, causing or inciting prostitution for gain, and possessing the drug amphetamine with intent to supply.

He kidnapped the woman with the help of his friend, Jonathan Lindley, who was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Redhead and his prostitute girlfriend Stephanie Coggan then made the woman have sex for money.

'Intimidated vulnerable people'

Lindley, 40, of Lowedges Road, Sheffield, was found guilty of kidnap, and a separate charge of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Coggan, 26, of Park Street, Rotherham, was found guilty of causing or inciting prostitution for gain, and sentenced to 15 months.

Both men will be on the sex offenders register for life.

The court heard that Redhead had previously been convicted of 30 offences, and Lindley of 194.

Det Ch Insp Steve Taylor said: "Stephen Redhead has been somebody who has intimidated and preyed on the vulnerable persons within the Skegness area for a number of years.

"It has come down to the courage and dignity of one woman that has led to these individuals being brought to court and found guilty of those offences."

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