Man jailed for controlling a prostitute for gain - Cheshunt

26/08/2015

A Cheshunt man, who persuaded a woman to turn to prostitution to make money for them both, has today, Wednesday, 26 August 2015, been jailed for 21 months.

Mark Nodwell is said to have made his flat available for the woman to use, advertised her services on a website, and ferried her around in his car.

At St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright QC told the 24-year-old he had taken advantage of the woman who had wanted a relationship with him.

Nodwell of Lawrence Gardens in Cheshunt pleaded guilty to controlling a prostitute for gain, two offences of pervertiing the course of public justice, two offences of common assault and possessing cannabis.

Sarah Porter prosecuting described the woman as vulnerable and with a troubled background when she met the defendant in 2014.

The court heard he persuaded her to become a prostitute and was behind the setting up of a web page advertising her services.

It was in February of this year she contacted police and told them she had been forced into prostitution by the defendant.

The prosecutor then told the court the defendant on two occasions had given the police false details when stopped in his car by police officers.

In October of last year he had spat at a female worker in a betting shop and after being arrested officers found a small bag of cannabis on him during a strip search. In another betting shop just days later he again spat at a fruit machine and one of the staff and was again arrested.

The court was told that he had already amassed an unenviable record chalking up 25 convictions for 47 offences.

Judge Bright jailed Nodwell for a total of 21 months.

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