Daisy Duke strippers 'abducted boss'

image captionStephanie Pye, manager Charlotte Devaney, Mandy Cool and Rachel Goodchild deny the charges

Three lapdancers wore "miniskirts, stilettos and Daisy Duke shorts" as they kidnapped a club boss, a court has heard.

Mandy Cool, Rachel Goodchild, Stephanie Pye, along with their manager Charlotte Devaney, are accused of kidnapping Curtis Woodman, from Cheltenham, who employed them in a club he rented.

Mr Woodman told Bristol Crown Court he was forced into a car, assaulted and robbed by the women and two men.

The women deny the charge of kidnap.

Giving evidence, Mr Woodman said he was outside his work in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, when the group - including brothers Alexander and Robert Morris - drove up in two BMWs.

He said they "surrounded him" before forcing him into one of the cars and driving off.

'Had a knife'

During the alleged two-hour ordeal on 3 September 2012, Mr Woodman said he was made to transfer £4,800 into the bank account of Ms Devaney.

He claims he was also robbed of £60 cash and his £4,650 Brietling watch.

The court previously heard the women believed Mr Woodman owed them more than £42,000 for work they carried out at his pop-up nightclub during the National Hunt Festival in Cheltenham in March.

He told the court from behind a screen: "I was already stood outside when they pulled up. I wasn't given the chance to say anything, to be honest. They surrounded me.

"I was worried for my safety. He [Alexander Morris] pushed me in the car, he followed me and he sat next to me. He had a knife on him."

Representing Robert Morris, Khalid Missouri suggested that Mr Woodman had entered the car by his own free will.

"Coming back to the real world: stilettos, miniskirts, guys in normal clothing, Daisy Dukes? That doesn't sound like an intention to kidnap you," he asked.

Mr Woodman replied: "There was obviously some intention."

He also denied claims it had been his suggestion to discuss the matter elsewhere and that he was assaulted by Robert Morris after insulting his girlfriend.

Mr Missouri said to Mr Woodman: "You were saying to Robert Morris, 'what are you doing with her for? Look what she does with her money, she's not even good looking'.

"That's the first time Robert Morris punched you, because you were disrespecting his girlfriend."

Forfeit commission

Mr Woodman had rented the Embassy Club in Cheltenham, which did not hold a lapdancing licence, for five days.

When the club opened, some of the women - who were hired to work as dancers and hostesses - "insisted on taking their clothes off", despite allegedly signing contracts agreeing to wear "bikinis and nipple tassels at all times" to comply with the licence, the court has heard.

On the third night of the club opening, police shut it down after receiving complaints.

The women had already earned "considerable amounts of money", including £42,000 from one customer, but Mr Woodman refused to pay them, the court heard.

He felt that the women were not entitled to the money, as they had failed to comply with the terms of their contracts.

Alexander Morris, 23, from Southampton, has admitted carrying a knife on the day of the alleged kidnap.

He denies a charge of robbery, along with Robert Morris, 27, also from Southampton, concerning Mr Woodman's watch, and a further charge of robbery for £60.

Ms Devaney, 34, from London, Ms Pye, 31, from Sutton Coldfield, Ms Cool, 29, and Ms Goodchild, 24, both from Southampton, each deny a charge of kidnap.

The trial, which is expected to last up to three weeks, continues.

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