Sex-for-cash Asbo woman dodges prison

Hayley Darby, pictured here in 2013, changes her appearance often. The News asked for an up-to-date picture but police were unable to supply one
Hayley Darby, pictured here in 2013, changes her appearance often. The News asked for an up-to-date picture but police were unable to supply one

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A WOMAN has avoided jail after breaching an Asbo banning her from offering sex for cash.

Hayley Darby, 32, was handed the Asbo in 2013 that also banned her from asking for money after she conned a string of vulnerable elderly men.

June Martlew, 82, from Gosport, had her purse stolen by Hayley Darby, pictured below, while she sat on a bench in Gosport High Street. Picture: Sarah Standing (151108-5688)

June Martlew, 82, from Gosport, had her purse stolen by Hayley Darby, pictured below, while she sat on a bench in Gosport High Street. Picture: Sarah Standing (151108-5688)

She previously admitted two breaches of the Asbo in 2014 and has appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court again.

Darby was handed a 10-month suspended jail term after admitting three breaches and three thefts.

Now 82-year-old victim June Martlew has spoken out fearing Darby will strike again as she was not jailed.

Darby stole Mrs Martlew’s purse after striking up a conversation with her in Gosport high street and asked for a cigarette – which was a breach of her Asbo.

These were breaches of an Asbo imposed to prevent you acting in exactly the way in which you have acted and therefore bad in themselves but particularly so that less than a year ago you had a similar offence.’

Edward Searle, chairman of the magistrates’ bench

Mrs Martlew, of Rowner, Gosport, said: ‘I just think it’s wrong.

‘She should’ve gone, it’s not the first time she’s done things like this.

‘If she’s free she will do it again – she’s that type of girl.’

She added: ‘She’s made me feel like I don’t want to go into Gosport again.

‘I just feel stupid.’

Magistrates heard in one of the latest cases Darby went to a victim’s flat and performed a sex act on him then took him to a cashpoint so he could give her £20.

Andrew Newman, prosecuting, told the court the victim, who has ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome, said he felt he had no choice.

Mr Newman said Darby, of Inverness Road, Gosport, later returned to the flat, adding: ‘She claimed she was really hungry and hadn’t eaten for four days.’

He added: ‘She stayed for a little while, he then said that another sex act happened.

‘Afterwards Hayley wanted to leave.’

The pair shared a pasta dinner but it was only later when she had left that the victim discovered £3 was missing.

At another address Darby got into a home and took £4 from another victim.

Chris Knight, defending, said Darby pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was anxious to be dealt with.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Edward Searle said: ‘These were breaches of an Asbo imposed to prevent you acting in exactly the way in which you have acted and therefore bad in themselves but particularly so that less than a year ago you had a similar offence.’

Mr Searle imposed a five-month term for each of the three breaches to run concurrent, and five months for each of the three thefts to run concurrent.

Both sentences will run consecutive to each other, giving a total of 10 months – but that was suspended for a year.

Darby must pay £3 and £4 in compensation, a victim surcharge of £70 and a £180 criminal courts charge.

Mr Searle imposed a restraining order banning Darby from entering Turner Avenue, where she committed some of the crimes.

He urged Darby to continue on a drug offending programme she was attending. The Asbo is still in force.