April 2013

Sadistic couple lured girl, 14, to hotel and turned her in their sex slave over 24 hours after meeting her in internet chat room


  • Christopher Zeb, 26, and Poppy Knight, 22, from Banbury jailed after admitting child sex offences

  • Zeb had the names of 14-year-old and 12-year-old in ‘Slaves In Training’ file

  • Judge Ian Pringle jailed Zeb for 6 1/2 years and Knight for 30 months today

A young sadistic couple acted out dark sexual fantasies on a 14-year-old girl after grooming her on internet chat rooms, a court heard today.

Married engineer Christopher Zeb, 26, and his deviant mistress Poppy Knight, 22, blindfolded, bit and bruised their teenage victim in a seedy 24-hour sex session in a hotel.

The schoolgirl, whose name police found in a document in Zeb’s home entitled ‘Slaves In Training’, told her mother she was going to stay with a schoolfriend before catching a train to Manchester and spending the night with the couple.

A judge today condemned the pair’s ‘serious sexual offences’ as he jailed Zeb for six-and-a-half years and Knight for 30 months.

Sitting at Oxford Crown Court, Judge Ian Pringle heard that married Zeb began an extramarital affair with Knight in 2011, which ‘quickly developed into a sadistic sexual relationship’.

Within the relationship, Knight acted as her lover’s consenting ‘slave’, taking pleasure in him inflicting pain upon her.

But Zeb also trawled websites and chat rooms looking for younger ‘slaves’ to feed his sexual desires.

On Easter Sunday last year, Zeb and Knight travelled to Manchester to meet a 14-year-old girl from Bolton, Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Prosecutor Cathy Olliver said: ‘During the Easter holidays in 2012, she lied to her mother about going to a friend’s house in Bolton. Instead she got the train to Manchester.

‘Mr Zeb and Miss Knight picked her up at the station and drove her to a hotel.’

After going out for a meal together, the trio went upstairs to the bedroom where the girl was blindfolded and twice forced to perform a sex act on Zeb.

They then made a ‘den’ out of bedclothes in the room which all they entered into naked, and began an orgy which Knight filmed.  As she did so, she encouraged the girl, the court heard.

‘Poppy Knight had brought the morning after pill for her, so she didn’t use condoms’, the prosecutor said.

‘Poppy Knight is fully participating and praises her…It’s clear from [the girl’s] interview she was not aware she was being filmed’.

She added: ‘Her parents had no idea where she was that evening. They didn’t know she was in a hotel in a strange city or what was happening to her for that entire night.’

The girl, who had returned home with bite marks and bruises after her ordeal, did not complain to the police, but the alarm was raised when the father of a 12-year-old girl from Humberside raised the alarm after discovering Zeb was grooming her online.

The horrified father found out she had sent Zeb pictures of herself and he had asked to meet up with her.

Police raided Zeb’s marital home in Banbury, Oxfordshire, last September and seized his computer and a mobile phone found hidden in his loft.

Detectives discovered the hotel room video on his computer, along with a word document entitled ‘Slaves In Training’ which detailed girls he was targeting on the internet.

They also found sexual pictures Zeb had encouraged both the 12 and 14 year old girls to email to him after he’d set them tasks to ‘please daddy’.

When police seized the girls’ phones, they found Zeb’s phone number stored in them saved under the name ‘Master’.

Mrs Olliver said: ‘It was clear he had contacted, in a sexualised manner, a number of girls.’

Investigating officers also found that Knight had been in contact with the 14-year-old girl they met in Manchester.

In an email exchange read out in court, she told the schoolgirl they were ‘slave sisters’ and they had to please Zeb.

Zeb had admitted nine offences, including abducting a child, meeting a female aged under 16 after sexual grooming and five child sex offences. One count referred to sexual activity with a child aged under 13.

Knight, of Banbury, had admitted eight similar offences related only to the 14-year-old girl.

Shocked relatives of the pair, including Zeb’s parents, sat in silence in the public gallery as Knight’s counsel David Bright claimed she was also one of Zeb’s victims and that she was following orders as his slave because of his ‘evil and malign influence’.

Zeb’s defence counsel Trudi Yeatman told the judge: ‘He’s not in denial. He fully accepts the extent of his offending.’

Mrs Yeatman added that Zeb and Knight’s relationship was ‘dark and often sadistic’ but at all times consensual between the two of them.

Judge Pringle said to Zeb: ‘I’ve had to look at seven clips and videos which depict clearly what took place.  You were the main perpetrator of that abuse, and abuse it was.’

He said to both: ‘You subjected that girl to all forms of intercourse and I would be failing grossly in my duty if I was not to impose on both of you a sentence of immediate imprisonment.’

The judge ordered Zeb and Knight sign the sex offenders register and be banned from contact with children. He also banned them from using the internet on a computer not fitted with police monitoring software.