A lonelyheart was lured to a flat by a mum who acted as a honeytrap so her accomplices could rob him of his money.
Kelly Percival coaxed a victim who she had contacted over dating site Badoo to come to her home, where he expected “sexual relations” during a romantic date.
But, Newcastle Crown Court heard, after the 32-year-old let him into the property, she left him in the living room, where the two strangers burst in and demanded money or he would be “cut up”.
In the terrifying moments that followed, the 43-year-old victim realised he was locked inside the flat.
He managed to get away before any cash was handed over but was repeatedly punched and lost his glasses before he was able to contact the police.
Percival, now of Beach Road, South Shields, admitted attempted robbery.
The defendant fully admitted agreeing with the others for the victim to go to her flat and they they would then effectively ‘tax’ him, get money by force.Prosecutor Jolyon Perks
Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court Pervical had started chatting to the victim over the website in April last year, using the name “Jess” for her profile.
Mr Perks said: “This culminated in the complainant being invited to visit ‘Jess’ for what the victim believed would be effectively a date, a sexual encounter.
“He travelled to the address in a taxi, having bought vodka and cigarettes.”
The court heard when the victim arrived at the upstairs flat he was taken by Percival, who by then had told him she was called Kelly, into the living room.
Mr Perks added: “The complainant sat down on the settee and it was at that point a male and female burst into the room.
“The male immediately said ‘give me £100 or I will cut you up’.”
The court heard the victim was also threatened by the female before he tried to get out and realised he was locked in the flat.
The male attacker demanded the victm’s mobile phone when he saw him trying to contact the police before opening the door to let him out.
Mr Perks added: “He was punched by the male to the head a number of times, which knocked off his glasses.”
The victim showed police the dating profile exchanges and Pervical, who had used actual pictures of herself on her profile was arrested.
Mr Perks said: “The defendant fully admitted agreeing with the others for the victim to go to her flat and they they would then effectively ‘tax’ him, get
money by force.”
The man and woman who confronted the victim have never been caught.
Percival was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision.
Judge Jeremy Freedman told her: “He believed you were willing to engage in sexual relations with him on April 6 when he wnet to an address you had given him.
“When he arrived he was confronted by two other people who burst into the room and demanded £100 and threatened to cut him up.
“Your role was as a facilitator, you lured him to the property, knowing what was to happen.
“There was a plan afoot, it was not sophisticated but you had obviously agreed with the two others that is what you would do in order to rob him of a sum of money.
“I am satisfied, once he had been lured to the flat, you took no further role in the offence.
“Nevertheless, but for your involvement, the robbery could not have and would not have happened.”
The judge said the ordeal must have been a “terrifying” experience for the victim, who has been left traumatised by what happened to him.
Vic Laffey, defending, said mum-of-one Percival got involved in the scam to feed her drug habit, which she is now handling.
Mr Laffey said; “Her circumstances, at least for the moment, have taken a turn for the better.
“She appears to be getting some help and handling the drug problems.
“She is far better than she was.”