Prostitute made friends with man with learning difficulties, then stole from him

Natasha Coker, 28, latterly of Belmont Drive Liverpool, jailed 12 months at PCC for theft from a man with learning difficulties in March last year in Preston.
Natasha Coker, 28, latterly of Belmont Drive Liverpool, jailed 12 months at PCC for theft from a man with learning difficulties in March last year in Preston.
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  • Woman was first in Lancashire to get ASBO for soliciting
  • Man had Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Prostitute took cash from jacket pocket
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A PROSTITUTE who befriended a man with learning difficulties and stole from him has been jailed for 12 months.

Natasha Coker, who was previously the first woman in Lancashire to be given an ASBO for soliciting, told the vulnerable man, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, to watch her in the bathroom, and also exposed herself to him.

He said she was very demanding on occasions and he believed she was taking money. She exposed herself before taking money from his jacket pocket in the wardrobe

Concerned officers intervened when it emerged Coker and other women had been visiting the vulnerable 63-year-old’s city centre home, and an ASBO was granted against Coker in March 2014.

Police said he was deemed so vulnerable by social workers he was unable to come to court.

Judge Pamela Badley, sentencing her at Preston Crown Court, said: “You made yourself a frequent visitor to him sometimes trying to effectively groom him to understand that you would be willing to undertake sexual favours for him, and he was in a situation where he started to get worried every time he saw you coming into his home.”

Prosecuting, Paul Cummings said: “He said she was very demanding on occasions and he believed she was taking money. She exposed herself before taking money from his jacket pocket in the wardrobe. She asked him to watch her as she was in the bathroom. He said he felt uneasy.”

Mum-of-one Coker, 28, who lived in Preston at the time of the thefts, but gave her address as Belmont Drive, Liverpool, admitted two counts of theft of £5 on March 22 and 28 last year.

The court heard she has 46 convictions for 108 offences.

Defending, Clare Thomas said: “She accepts he is somebody who is vulnerable. She has had difficulties in her background which have led to significant drug addiction. She bitterly regrets her actions.”

Today investigating officer PC Nicky Kitching, of Preston Police, said: “He is an extremely vulnerable man in need of protection. It has had a massive effect on him.

“We stepped in when we learned Natasha and other friends were visiting him. There may be other vulnerable men who are affected by similar circumstances. We would encourage them to contact us.”

The case comes just over 12 months after a gang of women in Chorley were given ASBOs after preying on elderly men, stealing cash as they posed as carers.

Anyone affected by similar issues can call 101.