A 39-year-old married man with four children has been found guilty of soliciting a prostitute and fined after a court didn’t buy his excuse that a known sex worker was in his vehicle in West Midlands, Great Britain, to help him buy tomatoes.
West Midlands Police said officers found the woman sitting inside Muhammad Ikhlaq's car while he withdrew money from a cash machine on May 9.
Ikhlaq, of New Street, Dudley, said the cash was to pay for tomatoes to bring to a colleague at work the next day. He also claimed he asked the woman for directions to the nearest grocers and she offered to show him the way.
Two plain-clothed police officers had followed the pair in an unmarked car. They had been working on Operation Scarlet & Minus, a crackdown on kerb crawlers in the town’s worst-affected areas.
The officers stopped Ikhlaq at a traffic light and arrested him immediately, before taking him to a police station for questioning.
Ikhlaq, who is a prison security guard, denied that he was soliciting for the purpose of obtaining sexual services in a public place.
“I asked her because I thought she looked local and I was in a hurry,” Ikhlaq said. “She said she was going that way.”
Magistrates said Iklaq’s story was not credible and ordered him to pay a fine, costs and a victim surcharge.
After the hearing, PC Stacey Paterson said: “I’ve heard some excuses before but in the 10 years that I have been a police officer I have never heard a kerb crawler covering up his crimes by claiming to be buying tomatoes.”
The trial of a Harlem man accused of beating and choking his grandmother to death because she would not give him $175 began on Thursday.
Larry Davis is accused of killing his 76-year-old relative, Cora Davis, stuffing her body into a closet and then having sex with a prostitute in the same apartment.
Prior to the alleged murder, Larry apparently stole Cora’s mink coat and then tried to sell it back to her for $750. A Manhattan judge who was handling the misdemeanor larceny case ordered that Larry stop harassing Cora. He issued an order of protection that was still in place when Cora was killed.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said Cora suffered a broken neck and at least eight bruises on her skull during the March 2011 attack, The New York Daily News reported.
Larry’s defense attorney, Bryan Konoski, suggested that Cora’s heart condition could have been a factor in her death.
A man's honeymoon ended quickly after he was caught trying to hire a prostitute in Orlando, Fla.
When his wife called police worried about his whereabouts, she discovered that her new husband had been arrested for hiring a prostitute and possessing marijuana.
Mohammed Ahmed, 21, was not the only one arrested in the sting. Police arrested 92 people in total, including a 45-year-old youth minister, 12 pimps and 39 prostitutes.
It was a four-day sting, part of an effort to reduce prostitution in the area.
"Prostitution is illegal, and those who commit or who derive proceeds from this crime in Polk County can expect to go to jail…whether it is on the street or online, prostitution is illegal and we will continue to investigate and arrest those involved," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
"The negative social costs of prostitution hurt families, children and communities, including the spreading of infectious diseases. The nexus between prostitution and other crime, such as illegal drugs, violence against women, and human trafficking, is a real problem."