When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Jury retires in 'kidnap' trial of Southampton lapdancers Mandy Cool and Rachel Goodchild
10:20am Thursday 30th January 2014 in Crime
The jury in the trial of lapdancers from Hampshire accused of kidnapping a club boss has retired to consider its verdict.
Curtis Woodman, 34, claims he was bundled into a BMW, beaten up and forced to transfer £4,800 into a bank account during a “terrifying” two-hour ordeal.
Mr Woodman had refused to pay the women and their manager more than £42,000 for work carried out at his pop-up nightclub during the Cheltenham Festival in March 2012.
The businessman claims the women are not entitled to the money as they stripped off despite agreeing to wear nipple tassels and bikinis at all times, resulting in the club being shut down.
The women – dressed in miniskirts, Daisy Duke shorts and stilettos – were accompanied by Southampton brothers Alexander Morris, 23, and Robert, 27, when the alleged kidnap took place.
Alexander Morris, from Thornberry Avenue, Southampton, has admitted carrying a bladed article, namely a Stanley knife.
He denies robbery, along with Robert Morris, from Itchen View, Southampton.
Devaney, from London; Pye, from Sutton Coldfield; Cool, of Warren Road, and Goodchild, of May Road, each deny a charge of kidnap on September 3 2012.