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Saturday 2 August 2014

Cheltenham festival lap-dance boss a 'cowboy', court told

Claire Hayhurst

Published 16/01/2014|02:30

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A nightclub boss allegedly kidnapped by three lapdancers and their manager ran his premises like a "cowboy", a court heard.

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Curtis Woodman claims the women, wearing "miniskirts, stilettos and Daisy Duke shorts", and two men surrounded him and demanded £42,000 (€50,546).

The money is said to have been wages owed to the women for their work at a pop-up nightclub he ran during the Cheltenham Festival in March 2012.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Woodman was kidnapped, robbed of £60 (€72) cash and his £4,650 (€5,596) Breitling watch and assaulted during the two-hour incident on September 3 2012.

Manager Charlotte Devaney (34) and lapdancers Mandy Cool (29), Stephanie Pye (31), and Rachel Goodchild (24), deny kidnapping Mr Woodman.

Brothers Robert Morris (27) and Alexander Morris (23) who accompanied the women, deny charges of robbery and kidnap.

Mr Woodman's business partner, Deano Jouni, told the jury that the club had been shut down by police after the women broke contracts agreeing to wear bikinis and nipple tassels at all times

In cross-examination by Khalid Missouri, for Robert Morris, Mr Jouni denied that he and Mr Woodman were "cowboys" and said they had worked with solicitors, police and the local council.

Mr Jouni replied: "Are you saying that the police were cowboys and the council too?"

The trial continues.

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