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'Honeytrap' mother, 18, lured text pest man to house on promise of 'joining her in the bath' where he was beaten up by thugs
Zoey Tomlinson, 18, of Manchester, was annoyed by man's text messagesMother told him she was in bath and answered front door in her pyjamasBut he was beaten up inside by her friends, who have all been imprisonedAttack took place while her daughter, 2, slept – but woman was spared jail
12:23 GMT, 14 December 2012
Avoids jail: Zoey Tomlinson, 18, of Manchester, was annoyed by the 20-year-old man's text messages
A teen mother laid a honeytrap for a man trying to woo her by saying she was having a bath at home before letting him in – where he was subjected to an attack by thugs, a court heard.
Zoey Tomlinson, 18, of Gorton, Manchester, was annoyed by the 20-year-old man's text messages and asked friends to warn him off – but the thugs went too far, Manchester Crown Court was told.
They subjected the man to a sustained attack last December in which he was punched, kicked and scalded with hot water. Tomlinson has avoided jail after Wednesday's hearing, but her three friends have been sent to prison.
Tomlinson lured the man to her home after saying she was in the bath and would be 'waiting for him' – and later answered the front door in her pyjamas before beckoning him in, Christopher Beckwith, prosecuting, said.
But her accomplices rushed out and attacked him, as her two-year-old daughter slept upstairs.
Judge Michael Leeming told the court on Wednesday that the 'sustained and unprovoked attack' was 'wholly distressing' for the victim.
Hearing: Tomlinson asked friends to warn him off but the thugs went too far, Manchester Crown Court heard
Tomlinson admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given a nine-month suspended custodial sentence. Three of her accomplices were traced and have also admitted causing ABH
'Sustained and unprovoked attack'
Judge Michael Leeming
Kane Barker, 22, of Droylsden, was sent to a young offenders' institution for 16 months.
Christopher Wilson, 20, also of Gorton, was sent to a young offenders' institution for 12 months.
Plasterer Joshua Hatton, 19, also of Droylsden, who did not attack the victim but leant his support, was sent to a young offenders' institution for 10 months.