Norfolk

Hingham man who tried to drug model has prison term extended

Calvin Edwards Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Calvin Edwards had contacted the model via a website, saying he was a photographer

A man posing as a photographer who lured a model to his home and tried to drug her with ketamine-laced tea has had his jail term increased.

Calvin Edwards, 36, of Greenacre Road, Hingham, Norfolk, was jailed for four years at Norwich Crown Court in July.

The Court of Appeal raised the sentence to five years and four months, saying Edwards was "undeniably dangerous".

The court heard he planned to imprison the model in his house using items including chains and duct tape.

Edwards, who was appealing against his sentence, had admitted attempted false imprisonment and attempting to administer a stupefying or overpowering drug with intent.

Tea had 'funny smell'

The court heard he lured the woman to his home, where he lived with his parents, when he contacted her on a website used by models and photographers, on the pretence of her taking part in a photo shoot.

She was "apprehensive" about the booking in January so took her friend with her, Judge Sir Brian Leveson told the Appeal Court.

When they got to Edwards's home he offered them both a cup of tea. However, they did not drink it as they were suspicious of him and the tea had a "funny smell".

The court was told Edwards ushered them into a living room, which he claimed was his studio, and grabbed the friend around the throat and made threats towards the model.

Both women screamed and managed to grab some knives from the kitchen, hide in the bathroom and call the police, the court heard.

'Undeniably dangerous'

Officers found a rucksack containing items including leather restraints, rubber gloves and a balaclava.

Edwards's internet searches included "fantasy rape stories" and "how to make someone unconscious", the court heard.

Jonathan Goodman, for Edwards, said it was only a "short-lived attempt" to imprison the women and his jail term was "not unduly low".

But Sir Brian, who was sitting with Mr Justice Holgate and Judge Peter Rook QC, said: "We agree the sentence was unduly lenient.

"This offender is undeniably dangerous."

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