June 1998

‘Predator’ kissogram king jailed for rape and assaults

A “sexual predator” dubbed the kissogram king of Birmingham was jailed for 11 years yesterday for attacking young and vulnerable women and girls

Paul Doyle was condemned by a judge as virtually amoral as detectives warned women to be wary of the dangers of the stripping industry.

The jury at Birmingham Crown Court did not know Doyle had been cleared in a trial in February 1994 of raping a 23-year-old married woman who worked for his agency, which supplied acts with titles such as “spanking schoolmaster”.

The jury in yesterday’s trial heard that Doyle, of no fixed address, preyed on victims including two who came to him for a job.

Doyle (38), who ran the agency from offices in Digbeth, was convicted of one charge of raping an 18-year-old woman and indecently assaulting another 19-year-old.

He had previously admitted two charges of indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl. Passing sentence on Doyle, Mrs Justice Ebsworth said: “A common feature in respect of all the three victims is that they were young, not merely in years, but quite clearly, in respect of two of them, they were young in maturity and they were vulnerable.”

Miss Rachel Brand, prosecuting, said Doyle’s agency, based in Milk Street, supplied kissograms, strippograms as well as modelling and escort work. The rape victim, who wanted to model clothes, responded to an advert and Doyle picked her up in his car and took her to a flat in Sandon Road, Bearwood.

Doyle took a shower, emerged with just a towel round his waist, held a knife to the woman’s throat and raped her. The second victim, who wanted to be a kissogram girl, was taken to a flat in York Road, Edgbaston where they drank champagne. Doyle persuaded the woman to strip and pose on a bed for a photograph before touching her indecently.

The 15-year-old victim, who lived in a children’s home in Moseley, was assaulted by Doyle at a city hotel. Mr Michael Garrett, defending, said: “Perhaps to some extent he has been corrupted himself by the nature of the business.”

After the verdicts, investigating officer Det Insp Mick Fishwick said: “I would describe him as a sexual predator who took advantage of young ladies who believed they were getting into modelling or glamour work.”