‘Hannibal Lecter’ nightclub boss jailed after offering woman cocaine for sex

A nightclub boss who demanded a woman take off her knickers before calling her a b**** has been jailed after a judge said he behaved like Hannibal Lecter.

Darren Pinches also offered the woman cocaine in exchange for sex on his desk and told her “I’m going to f*** you”.

The 52-year-old, who the victim described as a “raving animal” after he got her alone in his office, ran Browns at the Quay in Worcester, and spotted the woman at the bar.

She told a court Pinches acted like the Silence of the Lambs serial killer, who was played by Anthony Hopkins.

Pinches was sentenced to 21 months after he was found guilty of offering to supply cocaine.

Jailing him at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Anthony Potter said: "This is not a case, I remind myself, where you have expressed any remorse for your offending.

"You have continued to deny this offence as is your right.

"You became aggressive, so aggressive in fact that she compared the transformation
to turning into a Hannibal Lecter figure.

"You made a series of expletive-laden demands and announced the plan to have sexual intercourse with her.

"You referred to her as a b**** and cleared in a violent manner the desk in front of you of any items and demanded she get undressed and get onto the desk.

“It’s clear that your main intention in offering her cocaine was with a view to lowering her resistance to your approaches and seeking to make her more vulnerable to your sexual advances.

"She described how she had never been so scared in her life. She plainly thought she was about to be the victim of forced sexual intercourse.”

Jurors heard the woman, 40, said Pinches was “like an animal” and demanded she took off her underwear.

She said: “He leaned back in his chair. It reminded me of Hannibal Lecter.

“He drew the air through his teeth and looked at me.

“It was the way he looked at me. He turned from being normal and quite jovial into some kind of raving animal.

“He said ‘I’m going to f*** you.’

“He was talking through his teeth. I just thought ‘oh my God!’

“He absolutely terrified me. I have never been so scared in my life. He was like a predator.”

Jurors heard he swiped everything off the table and ordered: “Take off your pants.”

The woman escaped by telling Pinches, of Worcester, she needed to use the toilet but fled out a fire escape.

The incident happened in September 2015.

Pinches was cleared of groping another woman on New Year’s Day in his Bushwackers nightclub and forcing her to look at his "small, flaccid penis".

Michael Burrows QC, defending, said: “It’s important to bear in mind what he’s been convicted of, possessing a small amount of cocaine and the offer to supply cocaine.

“On any of the facts it was at the lowest level on a social and non-commercial."

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