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Monday 28 July 2014

Nightclub boss wrote lapdancers off as ditsy, court told

Claire Hayhurst

Published 17/01/2014|02:30

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From left to right: Lap dancers Mandy Cool, Rachel Goodchild, Stephanie Pye and their manager Charlotte Devaney. Photo: PA
From left to right: Lap dancers Mandy Cool, Rachel Goodchild, Stephanie Pye and their manager Charlotte Devaney. Photo: PA

A NIGHTCLUB boss robbed lapdancers and their manager of around £40,000 (€48,000) after writing them off as "a bunch of ditsy strippers", a court has heard.

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Curtis Woodman (34) claims the women -- wearing "miniskirts, stilettos and Daisy Duke shorts" -- and two men surrounded him and demanded the money outside his work.

Mr Woodman insists he was "bundled" into a vehicle, kidnapped, robbed of £60 (€72) cash, his £4,650 (€5,580) Breitling watch and forced to transfer £4,800 (€5,700) to the women.

But a jury at Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Woodman suggested he get into the vehicle and then voluntarily paid the women after admitting he owed them the money.

The lapdancers had worked for Mr Woodman at a pop-up nightclub he ran during the Cheltenham Festival in March 2012 -- which took £42,000 from one customer in one night.

In a police interview, manager Charlotte Devaney, told how she arrived at Mr Woodman's work premises in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on September 3, 2012, to recover the wages.

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Ms Devaney said she had been accompanied by lapdancers Mandy Cool (29), Stephanie Pye (31) and Rachel Goodchild (24) during the two-hour incident.

She said Ms Cool had arrived in Cheltenham that day with two friends, brothers Robert (27) and Alexander Morris (23).

Mr Woodman previously told the jury the women were not entitled to the cash as they breached contracts agreeing to wear nipple tassels and bikinis - causing the club to be closed down by authorities.

Alexander Morris, from Southampton, denies a charge of robbery, along with Robert Morris, also from Southampton. Devaney, from London; Pye, from Sutton Coldfield; Cool, of Southampton; and Goodchild, of Southampton, each deny a charge of kidnap. The trial continues.

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