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Sex pest Skegness woman has Asbo cut to seven years

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: May 02, 2012

Nicola Hackney

CHALLENGE REJECTED: Nicola Hackney has lost her appeal against an ASBO clause which prevents her offering sexual acts for money to anyone in Lincolnshire.

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A SKEGNESS woman who threw herself at elderly men for money has had her 10-year ASBO reduced to seven years.

Prolific criminal, Nicola Jane Hackney, 35, preyed on the elderly and vulnerable, badgering them into giving her money for sexual services.

In October last year, after she was jailed for a string of burglary and theft offences, she was given a 10-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) to protect the public from her behaviour.

Among its clauses was a prohibition on offering to have sex or perform any sexual act with any person in Lincolnshire in exchange for money or items.

However, in a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London, Hackney claimed it was "unreasonable and oppressive" to ban her from doing something which is not actually illegal.

But appeal judges, Lord Justice Davis, Mr Justice Treacy and Judge Peter Collier QC, said Hackney's behaviour distressed others.

The court heard she was jailed after admitting two burglaries and three thefts and asking for another four thefts to be taken into consideration.

Hackney pretended to be the warden of sheltered housing to get into a 78-year-old woman's property and said she was an 82-year-old man's carer to steal his wallet.

She also stole £50 from a disabled man she visited and offered sex to and, after meeting a 68-year-old in a pub, had persistently offered sex and stole cash from him.

In evidence for the ASBO hearing, an elderly man told how she had harassed him on many occasions and he had eventually yielded to her "pressing offers" and given her money for sex.

Rejecting her challenge to the prohibition on offering sex for money, Mr Justice Treacy said it was not "unnecessary, too wide or unfair."

He said: "It reflects a way this appellant has behaved persistently, to the distress of those affected

"In our judgement, the way in which the prohibition is expressed is sufficiently clear."

The ASBO was cut from 10 to seven years.

Hackney, formerly of Grosvenor Road, Skegness, was handed a 30-month jail sentence in July 2011 for burglary and theft.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  May 02 2012, 9:23PM

    ThornyRay - She was jailed for burglary and theft as referred to throughout the article, but the appeal was against the clause in the ASBO that bars her from offering sex acts for material gain. I was certainly impressed by the audacity of her claim that it was "'unreasonable and oppressive' to ban her from doing something which is not actually illegal". There are general laws laws banning all people from doing things that are illegal, or at least permitting sanctions against them if they break those laws. ASBOs are specific rules banning individuals from doing things that are legal but, performed by that individual, are a nuisance to the rest of society. Hence ASBOs barring particular people from attending football matches, visiting pubs, entering off-licences, playing music after 10 pm, displaying offensive posters in their living room windows, ... In Ms Hackney's case, her appeal was about sex acts, not burglary or theft. It would have been wrong for the court to focus on anything else.

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  • ColinLincs  |  May 02 2012, 6:40PM

    "Yielded to her pressing offers and gave her money for sex". Poor man!

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  May 02 2012, 3:04PM

    "So is prostitution illegal or not" No. http://tinyurl.com/d2wwy9d

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  • Roadscource  |  May 02 2012, 1:54PM

    "Among its clauses was a prohibition on offering to have sex or perform any sexual act with any person in Lincolnshire in exchange for money or items. However, in a hearing at the Court of Appeal in London, Hackney claimed it was "unreasonable and oppressive" to ban her from doing something which is not actually illegal." So is prostitution illegal or not, or is it just only illegal if you label yourself a prostitute? And why is it just in Lincolnshire? I hope she doesnt live 5 feet from a neighbouring border !

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  • ThornyRay  |  May 02 2012, 11:50AM

    I love how the courts concentrate on the sex acts, which in my opinion is prostitution, and not the acts of burglary and theft. But don't worry members of the public, now she has an ASBO she wont be breaking the law again

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  • lynnlincoln  |  May 02 2012, 11:06AM

    Give over lads, she just had a hard paper round!

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  • 917199  |  May 02 2012, 10:44AM

    Shes well fit.

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  • wakey666  |  May 02 2012, 8:39AM

    What drives someone to live a lifestyle in such a way. Has she such little respect for herself. Not to mention the people she has stolen from.

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  • gsx1100  |  May 02 2012, 8:01AM

    This woman is not a sex pest, she's just a common thief who preys on the elderly.

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