Sex-for-cash ban Asbo woman jailed

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A WOMAN banned from offering sex for cash has been told by a judge that she is a plague on her community.

Heroin addict Hayley Darby preyed on elderly vulnerable victims, saying she loved them to get cash.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard she offers sex to men for cash, leaving them too embarrassed to call police when she steals from them.

Sarah Jones, prosecuting, said the 34-year-old targeted one man who she met while he was walking away from Tesco in Forton Road, Gosport.

Darby approached the man, asked for a cigarette, struck up a conversation and stayed over at his home.

The court heard she repeatedly asked for cash, stayed a second night, and offered sex.

The prosecutor said the man handed over £80 and even slept on his sofa to accommodate her.

In his victim statement he said: ‘I feel a little ashamed. I can’t afford to lose the money. I’m angry at myself for thinking she needed the money to get back on her feet, where all along she was taking advantage of my good nature.’

Darby had been handed an anti-social behaviour order in July 2013, banning her from asking anyone in Hampshire for cash and from offering sex for money. She has breached it in 2014 and 2015.

The court heard that Darby was caught near the door to a flat of an elderly woman.

It was only later the woman – who Darby asked for cash for a taxi – realised that three £1 coins had been taken.

The court heard Darby said she loved the woman and acted as if they had been friends for years.

Darby, of Cobden Street, Gosport, told another woman she was ‘beautiful’ and repeatedly asked for cash before being given £3.

Jailing her for 40 months, judge Ian Pearson said: ‘You’re a plague on neighbours. You put pressure on them to give you money and you target elderly, vulnerable neighbours.’

Darby admitted three breaches of the Asbo and a burglary between March and June in Gosport this year.

David Jenkins, mitigating, said Darby had been a heroin addict since she was 15. She had been clean but lost her methadone prescription and took heroin before committing the offences to get cash, he said.

The judge jailed Darby for 30 months what he said was a ‘mean-spirited’ burglary, eight months for each breach to run concurrent, and 10 months for breaching a 10-month suspended sentence.