A jury has retired to deliberate within the trial of former actuality TV star and Penthouse covergirl Suzi Taylor accused of extorting cash from a intercourse shopper who refused to pay.
Taylor and Ali Ebrahimi are accused of extortion, deprivation of liberty, fraud and assault of the shopper at an residence in inner-city Brisbane on October 30, 2019.
Throughout 4 days of proof, the District Court docket jury heard the previous Block contestant was posing as an escort known as Katie when she agreed to satisfy David Butler by means of the raunchy web site Scarlet Blue.
The night time allegedly ended with Mr Butler tied up and held towards his will, and Ebrahimi allegedly performing as enforcer, prosecutor Ben Jackson stated in his closing assertion.
Taylor, whose actual identify is Suellen Jan Taylor, and Mr Butler met up after agreeing to a fee of $250 for half an hour of Katie’s time. He arrived on the New Farm residence with a bottle of champagne and pink wine.
They first relaxed over drinks, however when the half-hour turned an hour, then two, Taylor began getting textual content messages from Ebrahimi saying: “Receives a commission if you have not.”
Mr Butler claimed Taylor invited him into her bed room, kissed him and took off her shirt earlier than saying: “In order for you this to proceed and go any additional, it’s a must to give me some cash.”
When he refused to pay Ebrahimi allegedly stormed into the bed room, grabbed Mr Butler by the throat and began to hit him.
The court docket heard Ebrahimi allegedly withdrew cash from a close-by computerized teller machine utilizing Mr Butler’s financial institution card.
However Mr Butler admitted to the court docket he had lied to police and the court docket.
Mr Jackson informed the jury on Tuesday Mr Butler was “merely unwilling to be upfront and forthcoming that he went to pay for an escort service” as a result of he was embarrassed and ashamed.
“He did not inform the reality, however what’s essential is what did he lie about,” Mr Jackson added.
He stated Mr Butler’s proof ought to be scrutinised however accepted as a result of it was supported in some ways.
It was additionally “completely dishonest” to tie somebody as much as entry cash of their checking account, Mr Jackson informed the jury.
Ebrahimi – who sacked his defence workforce partway by means of the trial, electing to signify himself – requested whether or not it was ever excusable to mislead police.
He known as on the jury to think about its verdict rigorously as a result of “injustice may be devastating to households”.
Taylor’s defence barrister James Benjamin stated Taylor is a determine of public curiosity, however the prosecution case “rises and falls on the credibility” of Mr Butler.