Man identified by scorpion tattoo jailed for vicious attack on sex worker

Kirk Wynter

Kirk Wynter - Credit: Archant

A father-of-three who tried to kill a prostitute was jailed for 17 years after being identified by his scorpion tattoo.

A father-of-three who tried to kill a prostitute was jailed for 17 years after being identified by his scorpion tattoo.

Kirk Wynter, 32, paid Samantha Jamison £55 for sex then launched a terrifying attack using an umbrella, a broken tile and a pair of scissors to stab her at least 10 times.

The former painter and decorator also tried to burn her hair off with a candle and a lighter while demanding she hand back his money and any other cash.

Wynter then fled leaving Ms Jamison lying on the ground in a store room in Bramfield Court on the second floor of the Kings Crescent Estate, with two punctured lungs and a fractured vertebra.

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Wynter claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, but his DNA was matched to vomit at the crime scene, and was identified by Ms Jamison thanks to his tattoo reading words ‘Live for today, f*** tomorrow’, which he had proudly shown her when they first met.

The Recorder of London, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, passed an extended sentence of 20 years made up of a 17 year custodial term and three years extended licence at the Old Bailey on Monday.

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He said: “I am sure you were frustrated by your failure to achieve sexual satisfaction and this in turn gave rise to feelings of revulsion.

“You also saw her a as a person of low worth but I am also sure you did not see why you should pay for her sexual services so you decided to rob her.

“Apart from the terror and the pain you caused on that night the lasting effect of what you did has been to leave her with a residue of stress and nervousness.”

The Old Bailey heard Wynter first paid Ms Jamison £15 for oral sex behind a camper van on the King’s Crescent Estate in Finsbury Park, north London, on 21 June last year.

Ms Jamison said in a victim impact statement that Wynter was ‘a very dangerous man.’

She said: “If I hadn’t stood up to him, I feel sure he would have gone on to kill someone. I feel lucky to be alive after what he did to me.”

The court heard Wynter made money selling crack cocaine and has previous convictions for robbery and dealing cannabis.

Wynter, of Harold Road, Stoke Newington, denied attempted murder but was convicted by a jury in July.

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