A woman has been left feeling like “a prisoner in my own home” after she was targeted by a man impersonating a police officer.
Jimmy Cash posed as an officer after he pulled over the woman’s car, before proceeding to try and con money out of her, saying that her driving “offence” would cost £5,000.
In a sickening turn, he then added that the fine could be reduced to £4,000 if she also performed a sex act on him, North Wales Live reports.
He then went on to tell her that if she didn’t get the money she would “never walk again”.
At first, 28-year-old Cash pleaded not guilty to all charges, but last month changed his plea for blackmail and false imprisonment. On Friday, March 26, he also pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer.
The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told Caernarfon Crown Court of the “terrifying ordeal”, saying she feared she would “be raped and die”.
Attending court via video link from prison, Judge Rhys Rowlands sentenced Cash to two years eight months in prison for his crimes.
The judge said: “Understandably she was terrified, fearing that she would be assaulted sexually and that she might die at your hands.”
“Women such as this victim are entitled to be out and about in our communities safe from harm and from being targeted by men.”
At the time she was stopped, the victim had been driving a luxury car when a black Audi driven by Cash appeared behind her “out of nowhere” and came “right up near the boot”.
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She stopped when Cash flashed his headlights at the victim and gestured to her to pull over, which she did so believing him to be an undercover officer.
The victim described him as seeming “professional and all dressed in black”, and that he “spoke confidently and with the knowledge of how a police officer would talk to someone” adding that he was “very convincing”.
The defendant told her he was in the “drugs squad” and was “doing a favour for the police”.
Prosecutor Brian Treadwell said: “He told her she would get a ban from driving and that he would have to ring someone to see what he should do.”
When Cash returned, he told the victim that she had “two options”, saying: “It will cost you lots and you will have to go to court. You will lose your licence but I will be nice to you.”
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He then said that she could reduce her “fine” by performing a sex act on him, at which point she realised he was not a legitimate officer.
Her phone rang, and he told her to put it on the floor. She did so after activating the recording facility.
After entering the victim’s car, he then said that she could “go home and wash” if she performed the sexual act, adding the he “wouldn’t offer that to anybody else”.
Saying that she would pay the money but not perform the act, the victim drove to a nearby town with the defendant in her car.
He then told her that she had five minutes to get the money or she would “never walk again”.
However, the victim then made her escape, running to a nearby cafe where she asked them to call the police.
Cash then fled the scene.
In a statement read out to the court, the victim described how “the world doesn’t feel safe to me anymore”.
She added: “I kept thinking, why did this happen to me? Why did he pick me?”
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“This incident has affected me being able to go about my normal life because it happened in broad daylight so easily.
“I feel like I’ll never be able to drive alone again.
“I feel like a prisoner in my own home.”
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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