A man who posed as a professional photographer to entice people to his address was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to administering a noxious substance and attempting false imprisonment.
Calvin Edwards, aged 36, from Greenacre Road in Hingham, used aliases and e-mail address to create false on-line profiles pretending to be a professional photographer. He then used these profiles and enticed the victims to his address for a ‘photoshoot’.
The incident, which happened on Thursday 7 January 2016, involved two females who attended Edwards address after seeing an advert for ‘models’ on a modelling website. On arrival, Edwards made his victims a cup of tea, which he had laced with Ketamine, before grabbing one of the victims and making threats towards the other.
The victims managed to escape his grasp and contacted the police. A ruck sack was later found in the lounge of the address containing restraints and a balaclava.
Appearing at Norwich Crown Court, Edwards was sentenced to four years imprisonment for attempted false imprisonment and four years for attempting to administer Stupefying/ Overpowering Drugs which will run concurrently. He was also ordered to comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a period of 10 years.
Detective Constable Michael Bowers, investigating officer, said: “I hope this sentence serves as a warning about meeting people you’ve met online. Remember, if you are going to meet someone, make sure a friend or family member goes with you and that someone else knows where you are, what you are doing and how long you will be.”