Friday, May 25, 2012

Leanne Gilder 'sold schoolgirl, 14, to builder Michael Booth for £60 sex in his van after plying her with crack cocaine'

A woman plied a vulnerable 14-year-old schoolgirl with alcohol and cocaine before selling her to a builder for sex for £60, a court has heard.

Leanne Gilder, 26, is accused of setting up the teenager to be molested by Michael Booth in the back of his Ford Transit van in central Manchester.

Miss Gilder, is alleged to have 'pimped out' the vulnerable youngster after seeing her as a 'useful source of cash'.

Mr Booth, 43, admits having an intimate encounter with the girl in the back of his van, but says he thought she was 18. Miss Gilder, on trial at Manchester Crown Court, denies exploiting her.

The youngster graphically described the alleged ordeal in a videoed police interview shown to the jury.

She said: 'I must have conked out and when I woke up he was just pulling up his pants...I didn't give any consent.

'I didn't even know what was happening, I didn't want it. I was coked out of my head.'

Asked how she felt, she added: 'I was scared - I wanted my mum.' Read More