Cabbie took naked shots of teen girls

JAILED: Stephen Dove is starting a four-and-a-half year jail sentence.
JAILED: Stephen Dove is starting a four-and-a-half year jail sentence.

A Great Cornard man who took glamour photos of two teenage girls after plying them with drugs and alcohol has been jailed.

Stephen Dove, of Grantham Avenue, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.

The court heard that Dove, a taxi driver and amateur photographer, met the girls – aged 18 and 19 – after giving them a lift in his cab.

Prosecutor Janie Sheff said that one of the girls went to the police to raise concerns about Dove. This led to officers discovering that a second girl had agreed to pose for glamour pictures and had been offered drugs and alcohol.

One of the girls had been taken by Dove to a local pub where she was given two glasses of wine and some white powder by Dove.

He then drove around with the girl before plying her with more drugs and taking pictures of her.

Topless pictures of the girl were found by police on a camera owned by Dove, said Ms Sheff.

Another girl was found to have posed for pictures on three occasions, each time having been offered alcohol and drugs by Dove.

Dove had pleaded guilty to offering to supply cocaine, supplying ecstasy and possession of cannabis.

In mitigation, Samantha Leigh said her client had no previous convictions and claimed that one of the girls had asked for the pictures to be taken so she could send them to her boyfriend.

Miss Leigh said a model who Dove had worked with had later enjoyed a professional career in Australia.

Jailing Dove, Judge John Holt said he believed Dove had taken advantage of his job to pick up the women.

“It seems to me you used your taxi business to meet these young women,” he said.

Judge Holt accepted that the drugs had not been supplied for financial reasons.