Woman, 23, lured trusting man she met on dating site into honeytrap where two kidnappers threatened to kill him
A young woman who set up a honeytrap plot that would have seen a trusting man kidnapped and robbed of his life savings has been spared jail.
Gemma Frost, 23, lured in her victim Christopher Stanley on a dating website before asking to be loaned £210.
Alongside two mystery men, Frost then planned to kidnap and rob Mr Stanley in a honeytrap plot after learning he had life savings.
She arranged to pick up Mr Stanley for a a face-face date before two masked men approached the vehicle in a residential area of Cardiff and threatened to kill him.
Mr Stanley only managed to escape his attackers unharmed after desperately fleeing the vehicle, falling onto the ground as he did so.
Frost was sentenced to an 18-month suspended prison sentence at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting her role in the terrifying attempted robbery.
Gemma Frost, 23, lured in her victim Christopher Stanley on a dating website before asking to be loaned £210
The court heard Frost first asked Mr Stanley to be loan her £210 after meeting online and then offered to meet up when she realised he had savings.
She offered to pick him up for their 7pm date and he entered into the front passenger seat.
Prosecutor David Pugh said two men later approached her car as she drove down busy Manor Way in Cardiff.
He told the court: ‘She [Frost] turned to him and said: “They look dodgy”.
‘One was wearing a dressing gown with the hood up and a surgical mask. The other person was wearing a tracksuit with the hood up and a piece of fabric over his neck.
‘To the victim’s surprise, Ms Frost steered to the kerb and stopped near those two men and turned the engine off.’
Alongside two mystery men, Frost (above) planned to kidnap and rob Mr Stanley in a honeytrap plot after learning he had life savings
The pair then opened the car door to shout at him: ‘Get back. We will kill you, we’re going to hurt you’.
Mr Pugh added: ‘They grabbed the victim and tried to push him into the back. The victim managed to break free and exited the vehicle, briefly doing so he fell on the pavement but managed to escape. The two men got into the car and they drove off.’
Mr Stanley was described as ‘very shaken’.
Cardiff Crown Court heard CCTV footage traced the car back to her home after the kidnap plot in June 2020 and she was arrested.
Frost, of Rogerstone, Newport, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap.
She said she was ‘at a low point in her life’ and ‘hanging around with older individuals with significant criminal backgrounds’.
She said she was forced by the two older men to take part in the robbery after they learned the victim had loaned her money and she was too scared and intimidated to refuse.
Frost said she was forced by the two older men to take part in the robbery after they learned the victim had loaned her money and she was too scared and intimidated to refuse
Defence barrister Josh Scouller said his client was ‘at a low ebb’ in her life and was addicted to cocaine and surrounded by others who were using heavier drugs.
He said the defendant’s relationship with the victim was ‘genuine’ but was she was taken advantage of by the two older men.
The barrister said Frost was ashamed of her behaviour and helped to care for her grandmother who would be affected if she was sent to prison.
Recorder Paul Hobson said: ‘You deliberately led your victim into a situation where he was going to be forced to hand over money by your associates who you knew to be serious criminals.
‘That is something of which you should be thoroughly ashamed. It’s no thanks to you he escaped relatively unscathed from what was a frightening experience indeed.’
Frost was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to carry out a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement of 15 days and 150 hours unpaid work.