Bristol woman jailed for luring man into robbery
A WOMAN on drugs and alcohol who offered a man sexual services, only for him to be robbed instead, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Philippa Manikum lured the victim into a lock-up garage off Portland Square, Bristol Crown Court was told.
The robbers then pounced and plundered his possessions.
The 41-year-old, of Spring House, Spring Street, Bristol, denied robbery but was convicted after a trial.
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Judge David Ticehurst told her: "You committed a very serious offence. You acted as the bait so that your victim would be enticed into the garage.
"You offered him sexual services and I have no doubt the two men who burst in were going to rob him. You were simply the bait."
David Maunder, defending, said his client played the lesser role in the mugging and became involved following a degree of persuasion.
He said: "Her income from the offence was no greater than had she gone through with the original act.
"It is a sign of how low she sank due to her alcohol and drug problems that allowed her to become involved in this kind of thing. It is a sadness."
The court heard Manikum had made great progress in her life in the last few months and had addictions under a degree of control.
Mr Maunder said no weapon was used in the robbery and the victim had put himself in a "rather murky situation".
He said: "The jury can only have found she was a conduit to this offence.
"She has no history whatsoever of any offence of this nature.
"At the time she was clearly heavily addicted and under the influence of drink. She was looking for her next hit of crack.
"She has, to use an American term, a positive mental attitude to her rehabilitation and she looks forward to the future."