February 2017

11 years in prison for two men who forced teenager to work as prostitute

Two pimps who forced a teenage girl into working as a prostitute in Coventry’s red light district have each been jailed for 11 years.

Martin Cantle and Thomas Entwistle made the teenager work “night after night” on the streets of Hillfields and “swamped” her with cocaine.

The evil pair “treated her as a slave in every way” and put into place a “wicked plan” to exploit her vulnerable position as a child prostitute.

After a four-week trial at Warwick Crown Court, Cantle, 24, of Aldbourne Road, Radford, and Entwistle, 26, formerly of Warwick, but now of Dog Lane, Napton, were both unanimously found guilty of controlling a child prostitute and supplying her with drugs.

They were found not guilty of causing or inciting the teenage girl into prostitution.

Sentencing them for seven years each for the prostitution offence and a further four years each for the drug offence, Judge Andrew Lockhart told Cantle and Entwistle: “You preyed on a vulnerable girl in care and exploited that to your advantage.

“For four months…night after night you forced her on to the highly dangerous area of Hillfields as a prostitute.

“You two controlled her life in every sense. You swamped her with drugs – you used her addiction to your advantage.

“You lied in interviews and you lied wholesale to this jury.”

The victim, who is from south Warwickshire and has been in care most of her life, was at Warwick Crown Court to hear the sentences.

She had met Entwistle, and later Cantle, in 2014 and formed a relationship with Entwistle which would soon turn sour.

Upon learning she was a child prostitute, the men began dropping her off – often against her will – in Hillfields to sell herself for sex.

They would then pocket the majority of the money, while continuing to “swamp her” with cocaine in order to “trap” the teenager in a vicious cycle.

On one occasion she was sold – without her consent – to four men who were going to take it in turns to have sex with her in an alleyway.

Both men were ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

They were also made subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which bans them from contact with any female under the age of 16 without express permission from the parent or guardian of the child who has knowledge of the convictions.

Judge Lockhart added: “You began to groom her and tried to turn her to your advantage.

“You (Entwistle) were working with Martin Cantle with who you shared an interest in young girls and drugs supply.

“No doubt you were impressed with his criminal connections.