Monday, 19 September 2011

This Is One Of Those Court Cases…

…where what’s left out must be far more interesting than what they’ve printed:
A judge asked a Didcot prostitute to justify how she could charge a client £20,000 a week.
I guess he thought he was getting a better deal than he’d previously imagined!
Dawn Dunbar, of Wessex Road, Didcot, told the judge although she realised her fees were 10-times the usual rate, they were for services rendered.
There’s a picture of her at the article. Now, I’m no oil painting myself, but if she’s getting £20000 a week, I could be on Premier League footballers money!
She made the claim on Tuesday at Reading Crown Court as she tried to hang on to hundreds of thousands of pounds given to her by Paul Hopes who had stolen the money.

If the money was for services, the 37-year-old could not be forced to give it back. If if was a gift, the court could make her hand it over.
And so she came up with this rather desperate gambit.
Judge John calculated the weekly average she had received and said: “The amount is not £500 a week. It is not £1,000, or even £2,000 a week. It is £20,000 a week. How do you manage to evaluate your services – sex – at £20,000 a week?

“How do you justify that?”

Miss Dunbar replied: “It wasn’t me that was putting the worth on that. It was Mr Hopes paying what he thought it was worth.”
Now, there’s a man who should’ve gone to ‘Specsavers’…
Prosecutors argued successfully on Tuesday that most of the money given to Miss Dunbar was not earned by her and could thus be confiscated.

The judge ruled that receivers could chase the remaining cash and any assets obtained with the money, including a Toyota Landcruiser she bought for her husband Martin Iheanacho, and her own £42,000 Lexus 4X4.

The enforcement team will also go after properties she bought, including a £60,000 plot of land in her husband’s native Nigeria. A £132,000 Bentley Continental which Hopes bought Miss Dunbar has already been confiscated.
*boggle*
The court heard while supporting Miss Dunbar and four other prostitutes – processing stolen money through a special account – Hopes was not spending any of the money on himself or his wife Gillian.

She has since divorced him and been awarded the family home, in Woodley, near Reading.
Thank god there appear to be no children…

18 comments:

SBC said...

Oh Sweet Jesus, didn't she think to write a receipt?!?!

...if she had, and had paid tax on it then she'd have kept it.

Really, tarts and their book keeping skills...they give the self employed a bad name.

The Filthy Engineer said...

£20,000 for that!

James Higham said...

I'm tempted to comment but best not to. :)

Henry Crun said...

Judge John calculated the weekly average she had received and said: “The amount is not £500 a week. It is not £1,000, or even £2,000 a week. It is £20,000 a week. How do you manage to evaluate your services – sex – at £20,000 a week?

“How do you justify that?”

Clearly it's way above the rates Judge John is used to paying...

@ Filthy Engineer: Fools and money, mate, fools and money.

Macheath said...

I'm struck by the idea that Hopes had four other retained filles de joie* to be taken into consideration.

With a full-time job and an unsuspecting wife, I'm amazed he found the time!

*Something of a misnomer here, I feel

John Pickworth said...

Well there's no denying you're getting a lot of woman for your money ;-)

Anonymouslemming said...

Straight up money laundering. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about - that he really was paying her that a month for sex!

SBC said...

"
With a full-time job and an unsuspecting wife, I'm amazed he found the time!"

..or the energy. I want a bottle of whatever he's taking.

John Pickworth said...

I want a bottle of whatever he's taking.

Rohypnol ?

SBC said...

"Rohypnol ?"

SNORK!

It isn't 'rape'...just 'surprise sex'

Hye said...

If she claims that £20k a week was earnings and not a gift, maybe they should have invited HMRC to ask her about her tax receipts.

Anonymous said...

"Thank god there appear to be no children…"

You've cleared not been through the multi-kulti shitfest of Reading recently.

Nowadays a good third of the local population looks like she might have calved them.

Edwin Greenwood said...

Anonymouslemming wrote:

"Straight up money laundering."

That was my first thought.

"The alternative doesn't bear thinking about -"

Indeed.

"- that he really was paying her that a month for sex!"

A week, as it goes.


Boggle, boggle, boggle, boggle...

David Gillies said...

I think at the very least the court should have been furnished with a golf ball, a length of hosepipe, and then been witness to how the defendant could justify her exorbitant tariff.

John Pickworth said...

"... a golf ball, a length of hosepipe"

? [puzzled]

Oh. OH!

Found it - page 87 The Joy of Sex.
As you were :-)

David Gillies said...

Sez Julia: "Now, I’m no oil painting myself…"

I bet you'd have had Caravaggio in raptures, dear.

JuliaM said...

"£20,000 for that!"

Amazing, isn't it? Though at JP points out, you are buying but the gross.

"With a full-time job and an unsuspecting wife, I'm amazed he found the time!"

Me too!

"If she claims that £20k a week was earnings and not a gift, maybe they should have invited HMRC to ask her about her tax receipts."

Ooooh, good point!

"I bet you'd have had Caravaggio in raptures, dear."

More like Rubens ;)

Anonymous said...

Sounds reasonable to me. The last time I had a Cleveland Steamer it was about 20 grand, although that was Thai baht and not sure of the exchange rate now.