A Thai intercourse employee advised a jury on Wednesday that she and a male colleague have been robbed by three males after one had posed as a buyer to get into the residence they have been renting.
The pair, who have been working from a 3rd flooring flat in Watford, have been ordered right into a bed room whereas the gang carried out a search and escaped with £1,100 money, jewelry and electrical objects.
One of many robbers – alleged to be 25-year-old Romanian Ionut Sofroniei – was detected after the girl used his cellphone quantity to search out his Fb account, St Albans Crown Court docket heard.
Giving proof through a video hyperlink from Edinburgh, the place she now lives, the girl stated she got here to the UK from Thailand 20 years in the past. She was married, is now divorced and has everlasting residency within the UK.
Prosecutor George Heimler put it to her: “In 2018 you have been working in therapeutic massage and offering sexual companies?” She replied: “Sure”.
She stated she and her male pal have been renting residences at completely different areas and promoting on the positioning AdultWork.
On Monday January 15 2018, they rented a flat in Mayfair Court docket, Observer Drive, for £800 for per week.
Two days later, she stated she obtained a textual content from the man who robbed her.
It learn: “How a lot for one hour.” She replied: “£100 hun.x” He stated: “Okay are you able to ship me your tackle?”
She stated he arrived at a few quarter to seven, however left saying he must get money from an ATM.
She stated: “10 to 20 minutes later he got here again with one other two males. He pushed the door open.”
The courtroom heard she injured her lip as her head was pushed to the ground earlier than she and her pal have been pushed right into a bed room.
Talking by means of a Thai interpreter she stated: “A man with a masks requested us to sit down down in a single room and different two males searched the flat for belongings.”
She stated the person in a masks, who was armed with what appeared like a spanner, advised them to not say something.
The boys took £400 from her and £700 from her pal, alongside together with her jewelry which depicted the Buddha.
They left after 20 to 30 minutes. She stated: “I used to be shocked. I didn’t know what to do.”
She then used the cellphone quantity she had been messaged on to hold out a search on Fb. It gave her a photograph allegedly of Ionut Sofroniei, who she described as man two, who wore the masks.
Mr Sofroniei, of Wooldridge Highway, Feltham, denies two fees of theft. The opposite two haven’t been detected.
Opening the case to the jury of 10 girls and two males, Mr Heimler stated one of many theft victims despatched a message on Fb asking for his or her a refund.
The victims went to the police the following day, however when an officer tried to search out the Fb hyperlink it had been eliminated.
It was solely in August final yr that Mr Sofroniei was arrested, stated Mr Heimler.