Vice-girl patrol man Jordan Tudge 'regrets' slap attack on street worker
A MEMBER of a group set up to rid city streets of kerb crawlers has been handed a six-month community order for slapping a prostitute.
Jordan Tudge must also undertake 50 hours of unpaid work, pay court costs of £200 and £30 compensation to his victim, whom he struck once in the face in a Normanton takeaway.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court was told he was on patrol with the group at the time of the assault, on August 16 this year, but Tudge, 24, previously denied that he was.
Tudge, of Hawthorn Street, Allenton, had previously pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared at the same court at a previous hearing last month.
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Sentencing him, magistrate Bernard Peters said: "The assault may not have been the most serious but the circumstances as to why you were in the area are a concern to us, as are the circumstances as to how you selected your victim.
"That all makes the offence very serious. A community order is appropriate."
George Speed, prosecuting, told the court how Tudge was with a group of men on the night of the assault.
Mr Speed said: "Mr Tudge belongs to a group of young men who take exception to drug dealers and sex workers on the street.
"On August 16, he was on a so-called patrol when, at 11pm, three females – who accept they were prostitutes – walked into the takeaway in Normanton Road.
"CCTV captures Mr Tudge walk into the premises, up to one of the girls and slap her once to the left side of the face.
"He asks her words to the effect of 'why do you come here? You do not have permission to be here'.
"She turns to ask him a question and he replied along the lines of 'don't ask me nothing', before walking back outside to where this group of men are waiting."
Mr Speed said the three women then left the takeaway, where they were verbally abused by the group outside.
He said: "They (the group) follow the three girls, making threats about setting them on fire."
Marcelle Simmonds, for Tudge, said her client regretted attacking the prostitute.
She said: "If given the opportunity, he would apologise to the victim. He is remorseful, he is sorry and he regrets the incident. He says nothing like this will ever happen again."
Det Sgt John Murphy, who is based at Derby's Pear Tree police station, described the incident as "an unjustified attack on a young female" and welcomed the sentence.
He said: "We are very pleased with the punishment dealt out by the courts. We would urge anyone who is a victim of an assault to contact us."
The Derby Telegraph tried to contact Uthman Ali, the leader of the anti-prostitute patrols, but he did not return any calls.