Pretty Woman-style hooker who murdered ‘sugar daddy’ businessman then raided his bank account is jailed for life

March 1, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A Pretty Woman-style prostitute who brutally murdered a wealthy property developer before pilfering his bank account has been jailed for life.

Emma Bate, 26, and her boyfriend Paramjit Singh, 33, battered and stabbed businessman Richard Sherratt to death in his own home after torturing him for his PIN number.

Just hours after his death Bate was caught on CCTV smooching and celebrating with Singh after withdrawing cash from the bank account of her “sugar-daddy”.

Hooker Emma Bate. She has been jailed for life

Hooker Emma Bate. She has been jailed for life

Accomplice Parmajit Singh

Accomplice Parmajit Singh

Sherratt, who was said to “infatuated” with Bate and showered her gifts as well as giving her £8,000, was found semi-naked on his blood stained bed by his former partner on June 15, last year.

He had suffered a total of 38 injuries including five blows to the head, a stab wound to his arm and puncture marks on his face and neck and died from blood blocking his airways.

Murdered: Richard Sherratt

Murdered: Richard Sherratt

The sadistic pair fled the the house in picturesque Bridgnorth, Shrops.,after stealing Mr Sherratt’s bank cards, cash and a watch worth £10,000.

Pictures released by police after the case show the moment the couple snogged outside a bank in Handsworth, Birmingham, the following day and Bate waving her arm around in a  ““celebratory manner.”

The evil duo were jailed for life at Stafford Crown Court after Bate was found guilty of murder at a trial in January.

The vice-girl, from Birmingham, had denied murder but admitted robbing. She told the court during the trial: “I feel really bad because he treated me like a princess.”

Singh, also from Birmingham, had already admitted murdering, robbing and defrauding Mr Sherratt.

Bate will serve a minimum sentence of 25 years for his murder, while Singh was ordered to serve at least 18 years.

They were both given 10 years each to run concurrently for robbery.

After the case Detective Inspector Steve Tonks, from West Mercia Police, said:  “The motive for this crime was clearly greed and the defendants Singh and Bate resorted to violence in seeking access to their victim’s money.

“It was a premeditated crime whereby they planned to rob Mr Sherratt and to commit fraud by withdrawing funds from his bank accounts.

“They planned to travel late at night when they knew Mr Sherratt would be a at home and would be asleep.

Bate and Singh kissing in a lift after murdering Mr Sherratt

Bate and Singh kissing in a lift after murdering Mr Sherratt

The cruel pair embrace in the lift

The cruel pair embrace in the lift

 

Sick: Bate celebrating at a cashpoint after emptying the account of Mr Sherratt

Sick: Bate celebrating at a cashpoint after emptying the account of Mr Sherratt

“The court heard distressing details about the degree of violence used while Mr Sherratt was held captive and tortured in his own home last June.

“He was subjected to a callous and brutal ordeal with the injuries sustained, sadly resulting in his death.

“Today’s verdicts send out a strong message that anyone resorting to violence for criminal purposes, will be brought to justice.

“The circumstances of this case with its tragic outcome have been harrowing.”

During Bate’s trial, the jury heard twice-divorced Mr Sherratt had met the hooker and treated her to expensive jewellery, nights in luxury hotels and thousands in cash gifts in March last year.

Mr Sherratt, who was the brother of Francine Austin, ex-wife of David Austin who runs world renowned David Austin Roses, was said to be “craving companionship”.

He took her to four star hotels, plush restaurants, put £8,000 in her bank account and even planned to take her on holiday to Dubai.

But they split up in May after she began bombarding him with text messages begging for cash to fund her addiction to crack cocaine.

The court heard Bate and Singh targeted Mr Sherratt because she knew he was well off and she needed cash to fund her addiction to class A drugs.

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