Halifax woman to be sentenced in December for pimping 16-year-old
A Halifax woman will be sentenced in December on charges of pimping a 16-year-old girl. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury deliberated for parts of three days before finding Renee Allison Webber guilty Sunday on five charges.
Webber, 43, was convicted of trafficking a person under the age of 18, receiving material benefits from trafficking a person under 18, advertising sexual services, procuring a person under 18 to provide sexual services for consideration and sexual exploitation.She returned to Supreme Court in Halifax with lawyer Don Murray on Thursday to set dates for a sentencing hearing.
A judge scheduled the hearing for Dec. 10 and 11 and ordered Webber to co-operate with the preparation of a presentence report. She remains free on bail. Murray told the court the defence will be challenging the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences that apply to three of the convictions.
The human trafficking and procuring charges both carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison, while the charge of receiving material benefits from human trafficking has a two-year minimum. Webber and Kyle Leslie Pellow were arrested in May 2016 at a residence on Main Avenue in Halifax after police learned two people were controlling the movements of a 16-year-old girl for prostitution.
Webber stood trial on a total of seven charges. The jury found her not guilty of obstructing police, and Justice Christa Brothers stayed a charge of sexual assault.
Webber had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault.
Pellow, 29, entered guilty pleas in provincial court this spring on three charges — trafficking a person under 18, advertising sexual services and breaching a court order. He received a six-year prison sentence, but the judge deducted just over three years as remand credit.
Published on: September 27, 2018
- Posted By: Steve Bruce - The Chronicle Herald
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