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Cheltenham Festival kidnap trial: Lapdancers and agent cleared of all charges

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

  • Mandy Cool

  • Rachel Goodchild

  • Stephanie Pye

  • Charlotte Devaney

  • Alexander Morris

  • Robert Morris

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Three lapdancers hired to entertain punters during the world-famous Cheltenham race festival were today cleared of kidnapping a club boss in a row over money.

Curtis Woodman, 34, claimed he was bundled into a car and driven to a remote field where he was beaten up by two men.

Police had closed the temporary lapdancing club he had set up for thousands of horse racing fans when some the women broke the licence terms and began stripping off.

Woodman said he refused to pay the women because they had flaunted the regulations which insisted "clothing, bikinis and nipples tassels" must be worn at all times.

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But some of the dancers claimed they had been promised 30 per cent of any credit card takings - including a share of more than #42,000 spent by one over-excited punter.

Defendants Mandy Cool, 29, Rachel Goodchild, 24, Stephanie Pye, 31, and their agent Charlotte Devaney, 34, were accused of setting up the kidnap to get their money.

The women and brothers Robert Morris, 27, and Alexander Morris, 23, were each found not guilty of kidnap following a three and a half week trial.

The women cried and sobbed as the verdicts were delivered at Bristol Crown Court, where Robert Morris was also acquitted of robbery.

Alexander Morris was convicted however of two counts of robbery - taking Mr. Woodman's #4,650 Breitling watch and #60 in cash.

The court had heard how the women confronted Mr. Woodman in September 2012, six months after the festival, when efforts to get their money via the police failed.

They turned up at his workplace in Tewkesbury, Glos in mini skirts and high heels accompanied by the Morris brothers.

The court heard the two men had been enlisted because the women feared Mr Woodman saw them as "ditsy strippers".

When he refused to pay up it was claimed he was bundled into one a BMW one of them owned and driven to a field.

Pye told police the situation quickly got out of hand and what was meant to be a 'chat' turned into 'something serious', the jury was told.

Tempers then flared when Mr. Woodman described the women as "a bunch of prostitutes" and Robert Morris, who was Mandy Cool's boyfriend, attacked him.

He punched him once in the head before taking him behind a hay bale where he continued to punch and kick him.

Mr Woodman was driven a short way along the M5 motorway before Alexander Morris produced a Stanley knife and insisted Mr Woodman hand over his watch.

Robert Morris told the court that Mr. Woodman's account of the 'kidnap' was ridiculous.

He said: "There are four women dressed in mini-skirts, daisy dukes and high heels, we stood out, you couldn't have missed us.

"I'm a black guy in a tight t-shirt, we all stood out, why did no one spot us if we kidnapped him like he says?"

Devaney, from London, Pye, from Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, the Morris brothers and Cool and Goodchild, all from Southampton, had all denied kidnap.

At the beginning of the trial Alexander Morris admitted carrying a bladed article, namely a Stanley knife, on September 3 2012, the day of the kidnap.

He will be sentenced for that in two weeks' time, together with the two robbery convictions.

Charlotte Devaney refers to herself as a "Global DJ/Producer, Internationally Published Model, Presenter and trained Actress."

She began DJ'ing on radio stations before travelling around the world and DJ'ing at a number of clubs.

Her mentor and long term boyfriend is Radio 1's DJ Fabio.

She produced her first vocal track, called "Flip it" with Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion), in summer 2013.

She has also appeared in the Hollywood Film 'How to Loose Friends and Alienate People', which starred Simon Pegg, Megan Fox and Kirsten Dunst.

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  • CaptCX  |  February 03 2014, 11:22AM

    Just a couple of queries........... So Alexander Morris wasn't guilty of kidnap, but he was guilty of producing a Stanley knife and essentially using it to rob Mr Woodman of his watch. It would appear as if Alexander Morris is no stranger to this type of act, since when he is sentenced, two other robberies are going to be taken into consideration. So when and where did this robbery take place? If Mr Woodman was not taken against his will in the back of a car, when was his watch and his cash stolen? Did all of the scantily clad women and Robert Morris just stand around freezing their bit off whilst Alexander Morris perpetrated this theft/mugging? After all, they were apparently there in the first place to get money they believed they were owed. By their own volition, they looked pretty conspicuous - so isn't it likely that this theft took place away from the public gaze, lending credence to Mr Woodman's claims? To be honest, they all sound like a bunch of crooks anyway!!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  February 01 2014, 3:33PM

    They give the punters what they want. This says rather more about their clients than it does about the...ahem...dancers.

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  • joner63  |  February 01 2014, 9:00AM

    followed this through the papers then yesterday saw Curtis woodman and charlotte Devaney on tv firstly what a dodgy person he looks who in their right mind would do business with him and then miss devaney gosh what a sight and people pay for that mutton dressed as lamb lets hope these vile people crawl back under their seedy stones they came from but oh yes gold cup just around the corner so more filth will appear

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