A woman who threatened to accuse a taxi driver of sexual assault has been jailed for sexual assault. Gemma Pinkerton had attempted to get her victim to have sex with her in exchange for a free cab ride.
The 25-year-old from Plymouth started repeatedly groping him over his clothing. When he refused, she tried to blackmail him by threatening to report him for sexual assault.
Pinkerton then slapped the victim and damaged his car before he threw her out of the vehicle.
Sentencing her for 30 months at Plymouth Crown Court, Judge Ian Lawrie told her: “You persisted by one means or another to try and get a free lift home.
“You kissed him and offered him sex, and went to the extraordinary lengths of groping him. There comes a time when enough is enough and you need to be punished”.
Mike Brown, prosecuting, read a statement from the victim in which he said he had been left ‘shocked’ and ‘stressed’ by the incident.
She was reportedly on a cocktail of drink and drugs during the incident. It was revealed in court that she had blackmailed the driver for the sake of just £26.50 – a fare she refused to pay at the end of the journey.
Pinkerton pleaded guilty to sexual assault, common assault, causing criminal damage and making off without payment on July 29 last year. The court heard she already has 36 convictions for 64 offences.
Prosecuting, Mike Brown said that Pinkerton dialed her taxi from a flat in Plymouth to Derriford Hospital and told the driver she was a prostitute during the journey. He added she threatened to report the driver for sexually assaulting her and then said she would “get the boys around” if he called the police.
Pinkerton was previously in the news after being caught having sex with a man in Devonport Park last year. Shocked onlookers including a six-year-old child saw the couple having sexual intercourse. Pinkerton was handed a suspended prison sentence in September for outraging public decency.