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JAILED: Man locked up after violence including knife attack on vulnerable woman

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A man who complained police made his life "unbearable" during raids on his Birmingham home has been jailed after he was linked to a series of assaults on women – including a shocking knife attack.

Jordan Layne jailed for 12 and a half years

Officers forced entry to Jordan Layne's flat on Christmas Day last year following an allegation of false imprisonment and suspicions that the property was being used as a drugs den.

He wasn't at his flat in Grosvenor Road, in Handsworth, at the time – but police later caught up with him on January 5, when he was arrested following a police pursuit.

The 28-year-old was released under investigation and, days later, turned to other media outlets in Birmingham to portray himself as a victim.

Layne falsely claimed he had been forced to sleep in his car following the raid and that the police attention had "put a big strain" on him – and suggested "I can't work or do what I have got to do normally".

However, West Midlands Police detectives discovered what Layne 'did normally' was act as a pimp for sex workers in Birmingham – and use violence against them in order to intimidate or steal from the women.

Police say the most shocking attack came on March 24, when he was spotted rowing with a woman in Soho Road, before slashing the 40-year-old across the face with a knife.

She required 42 stitches and was left permanently scarred.

One of Layne's victims needed 42 stitches following the knife attack

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The knifeman was described as having a distinctive '1991' tattoo on his wrist and enquiries led to police identifying Layne as the likely suspect.

He was arrested on March 27 and later picked out during an ID parade.

In the early hours of April 2, Layne had dragged a sex worker down an alleyway off Soho Road yelling "get off road", before robbing her of just £1.90 in loose change.

Layne went on to admit wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery and making threats with a knife – and at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday was jailed for 12 and a half years.

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Detective Constable Rich Marsh, of West Midlands Police, said: "His victims were sex workers he was trying to control and make money from…and he was prepared to use grotesque levels against these vulnerable women.

“Layne used the media to try and persuade people he was a victim and that police were unfairly targeting him. The truth is that he is a violent man linked to drugs and the exploitation of women.

“One of his victims has been left with permanently physical scars not to mention the psychological impact of the aggression and intimidation she suffered at Layne’s hands.

"I wish her well for the future and hope the prison sentence Layne has received will offer some comfort.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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