Pimp and rent boy jailed for torturing and killing Newport man

South Wales Argus: SCENE: Jeddo Street, in Pill, Newport, where Richard Carslake’s body was found SCENE: Jeddo Street, in Pill, Newport, where Richard Carslake’s body was found

A pimp and his rent boy propositioned a Newport man in a gay bar before killing him in his own home, a court heard. Crime reporter BEN FRAMPTON has the exclusive.

YESTERDAY, Terrence Cook and Tyler Phillips were locked up for the manslaughter and robbery of Newport man Richard Carslake, who was found battered and strangled.

Kitchen hand Mr Carslake, 48, was tied up and had 18 injuries inflicted to his upper body before the pair left him naked, either unconscious or dead, and tied to a fire surround.

Cook, 41, fled to Belgium, where he spent his early life, the following day and sent a text to a friend to say he was going to Ireland in order to throw authorities off his scent, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Peter Murphy told the court that the pair met Mr Carslake at Flaunt, a gay bar in Newport, on March 30, 2011.

Mr Carslake had only moved into his flat in Jeddo Street, Pill, nine days earlier.

Cook ran a prostitution service called Male to Male from his home in Clytha Square, Newport.

Mr Carslake, a gay man, was drinking in the bar, then on Stow Hill, when Cook approached him and asked if he would like to have sex with Phillips, 20, of Samsons Avenue, Varteg, for money.

Mr Murphy said: “There was a deliberate attempt to seduce the deceased, at the time when it was clear he had no money to pay for sex, the plan to rob was formulated.”

Now in the early hours of March 31, it was agreed the three would go to Mr Carslake’s flat.

Once inside, Mr Carslake was tied up with his consent before the three performed sex acts on each other and Phillips used a T-shirt to blindfold him Mr Murphy said “only the two defendants know what actually happened,” as who killed Mr Carslake is disputed and the evidence was unable to confirm definitively which of the men killed him.

What is known is that while bound and blindfolded, he suffered multiple injuries, including bruising and swelling to his eyelids, nose, cheeks, lips, arm, shoulder and lower back.

A lanyard was found around his neck and a post mortem examination found he died from pressure to the neck and possibly suffocation due to his nose and mouth being in contact with the air mattress he was found on.

The killers fled with £80, DVDs and an Acer laptop.

They also took bank cards and in the early hours of March 31, tried to withdraw cash seven times using two of his bankcards at a city centre cash point.

The body was found on April 6 after Mr Carslake’s former partner raised concerns with the landlord, who visited the flat and found the body.

Phillips handed himself into police on April 7 after reading about the discovery of the body on the Argus website and Cook was brought back from Belgium on a European arrest warrant on July 5. It emerged Cook was convicted of sex offences in Belgium in 1993 and was convicted in his absence in 2004 of sexual offences involving teenage boys.

The judge deemed Cook a dangerous offender and gave him an indeterminate sentence with a minimum tariff of five years.

He will not be released until it is deemed he poses no threat to the public.

Phillips was sentenced to seven years in a young offenders’ institution.

Judge hears differing ‘facts’

EVIDENCE was given about the case in a two-and-a-half day trial of issue, also known as a Newton hearing, held in front of High Court Judge Mr Justice Wyn Williams and without a jury.

A Newton hearing happens when defendants plead guilty to an offence, but on the basis of a different version of the facts from that of the prosecution.

If the prosecution and the defence are unable to agree the facts of the offence, a Newton hearing is needed to resolve the dispute and ascertain the correct basis for sentence.

Mr Justice Wyn Williams said he could not say with conviction which of the men strangled Mr Carslake, but said it was “much more probable than not” that it was Cook. He said he was satisfied Cook took a leading role in all that happened.

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10:52am Thu 6 Sep 12

rhinestine says...

How disgusting, what a horrible story, where do these people come from?!
How disgusting, what a horrible story, where do these people come from?! rhinestine

11:08am Thu 6 Sep 12

gabriel williams says...

hi im mr carslake partner who raised the concern of him missing , im very shocked at this news and cant believe it has happened , i still haven got over him to this day , and the sentance for tyler phillips and terrance cook is NOT long enough. richard was a very kind caring man and was helping me go though my male to female transition, he then moved to pill from risca as he lost his job. i blame the company who he worked for , as he got forced out of his lodging's and had nowhere to live, then 11 days after of him moving in , i find out hes dead. i would just like to say thankyou to the CID and others that helped me out with this case, you done all you could. im in tears already now . R.I.P Richard Glyn Carslake
hi im mr carslake partner who raised the concern of him missing , im very shocked at this news and cant believe it has happened , i still haven got over him to this day , and the sentance for tyler phillips and terrance cook is NOT long enough. richard was a very kind caring man and was helping me go though my male to female transition, he then moved to pill from risca as he lost his job. i blame the company who he worked for , as he got forced out of his lodging's and had nowhere to live, then 11 days after of him moving in , i find out hes dead. i would just like to say thankyou to the CID and others that helped me out with this case, you done all you could. im in tears already now . R.I.P Richard Glyn Carslake gabriel williams

11:30am Thu 6 Sep 12

gabriel williams says...

gabriel williams wrote:
hi im mr carslake partner who raised the concern of him missing , im very shocked at this news and cant believe it has happened , i still haven got over him to this day , and the sentance for tyler phillips and terrance cook is NOT long enough. richard was a very kind caring man and was helping me go though my male to female transition, he then moved to pill from risca as he lost his job. i blame the company who he worked for , as he got forced out of his lodging's and had nowhere to live, then 11 days after of him moving in , i find out hes dead. i would just like to say thankyou to the CID and others that helped me out with this case, you done all you could. im in tears already now . R.I.P Richard Glyn Carslake
before i reported him missing i made several attempts to get access to the flat buit he had my key as he had locked himself out , he said '' come back down tommorow and collect your keys'' , at this time it was too late , im just glad i didnt find him in the flat dead as i wouldve probably killed myself also. im not treating this as manslaughter , im sorry but its murder. he mustve been forced to doing it to start with as he wasnt the person to go around asking everyone out. april 3rd he was found dead in his flat. hes still my boyfriend to this day now and it will never change . im only 19 and he was my first love , we wouldve been married by now as we had plans but it never went ahead . our marriage was planned for the 3rd september 2011 as that was the day we first met in cardiff at gay pride. that dont feel the same anymore either. i hope the courts give a higher sentance but i highly doubt it
[quote][p][bold]gabriel williams[/bold] wrote: hi im mr carslake partner who raised the concern of him missing , im very shocked at this news and cant believe it has happened , i still haven got over him to this day , and the sentance for tyler phillips and terrance cook is NOT long enough. richard was a very kind caring man and was helping me go though my male to female transition, he then moved to pill from risca as he lost his job. i blame the company who he worked for , as he got forced out of his lodging's and had nowhere to live, then 11 days after of him moving in , i find out hes dead. i would just like to say thankyou to the CID and others that helped me out with this case, you done all you could. im in tears already now . R.I.P Richard Glyn Carslake[/p][/quote]before i reported him missing i made several attempts to get access to the flat buit he had my key as he had locked himself out , he said '' come back down tommorow and collect your keys'' , at this time it was too late , im just glad i didnt find him in the flat dead as i wouldve probably killed myself also. im not treating this as manslaughter , im sorry but its murder. he mustve been forced to doing it to start with as he wasnt the person to go around asking everyone out. april 3rd he was found dead in his flat. hes still my boyfriend to this day now and it will never change . im only 19 and he was my first love , we wouldve been married by now as we had plans but it never went ahead . our marriage was planned for the 3rd september 2011 as that was the day we first met in cardiff at gay pride. that dont feel the same anymore either. i hope the courts give a higher sentance but i highly doubt it gabriel williams

4:43pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Templar05 says...

You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station .
You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station . Templar05

7:33pm Thu 6 Sep 12

chris227 says...

pill is a vibrant multi cultural community
pill is a vibrant multi cultural community chris227

2:09am Fri 7 Sep 12

smokintheweed says...

Templar05 wrote:
You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station .
I don't see how the location of the crime should reflect your or Chris's comments. This crime was committed in the victims home and not in some dark alley. Please elaborate on your prejudices because I want to know exactly how screwed up your little worlds are.

When you say "multi-cultural" what exactly do you mean Chris? What does a persons skin colour or ethnicity have to do with a person losing their life?
[quote][p][bold]Templar05[/bold] wrote: You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station .[/p][/quote]I don't see how the location of the crime should reflect your or Chris's comments. This crime was committed in the victims home and not in some dark alley. Please elaborate on your prejudices because I want to know exactly how screwed up your little worlds are. When you say "multi-cultural" what exactly do you mean Chris? What does a persons skin colour or ethnicity have to do with a person losing their life? smokintheweed

9:30am Fri 7 Sep 12

Dai Rear says...

This is a brilliant headline. Who's not going to read a piece with a headline like that?
It appears to have been felony murder as it was called before 1957 and in those rather more sensible times the perpetrators would have died which would be no great loss, I think.
Wonder why a plea to manslaughter was accepted? Best say no more to avoid defamation but why a Newton when this is a perfect case of joint enterprise?
I'm happy to answer you Mr. Smoke. "Multi-cultural "appears to mean that immigrants to Wales need not assimilate, but it's a weasel phrase actually because if they carry on cultural practices such as genital mutilation or exorcism by torture they find the (still just about) majority population is offended. No, don't ask me what it's all about, I don't know either.
This is a brilliant headline. Who's not going to read a piece with a headline like that? It appears to have been felony murder as it was called before 1957 and in those rather more sensible times the perpetrators would have died which would be no great loss, I think. Wonder why a plea to manslaughter was accepted? Best say no more to avoid defamation but why a Newton when this is a perfect case of joint enterprise? I'm happy to answer you Mr. Smoke. "Multi-cultural "appears to mean that immigrants to Wales need not assimilate, but it's a weasel phrase actually because if they carry on cultural practices such as genital mutilation or exorcism by torture they find the (still just about) majority population is offended. No, don't ask me what it's all about, I don't know either. Dai Rear

9:31am Fri 7 Sep 12

bossman2K12 says...

smokintheweed wrote:
Templar05 wrote:
You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station .
I don't see how the location of the crime should reflect your or Chris's comments. This crime was committed in the victims home and not in some dark alley. Please elaborate on your prejudices because I want to know exactly how screwed up your little worlds are.

When you say "multi-cultural
" what exactly do you mean Chris? What does a persons skin colour or ethnicity have to do with a person losing their life?
Don't know why you're trying to take the moral highground here when your username is 'smokintheweed'...
[quote][p][bold]smokintheweed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Templar05[/bold] wrote: You would think pill would be almost crime free , with a police station there . Then again most of the drug dealing and under age drinking is right across the road from the station .[/p][/quote]I don't see how the location of the crime should reflect your or Chris's comments. This crime was committed in the victims home and not in some dark alley. Please elaborate on your prejudices because I want to know exactly how screwed up your little worlds are. When you say "multi-cultural " what exactly do you mean Chris? What does a persons skin colour or ethnicity have to do with a person losing their life?[/p][/quote]Don't know why you're trying to take the moral highground here when your username is 'smokintheweed'... bossman2K12

3:42am Sat 8 Sep 12

smokintheweed says...

Your opinion on "genital mutilation" is a moot point in this matter since this sad story has no mention of this occurring. This heinous criminal act has nothing to do with ethnic minorities. Curb your racist sh1t.
Your opinion on "genital mutilation" is a moot point in this matter since this sad story has no mention of this occurring. This heinous criminal act has nothing to do with ethnic minorities. Curb your racist sh1t. smokintheweed

2:34am Sun 9 Sep 12

smokintheweed says...

Please point out where in the story genital mutilation or the failings of multiculturalism is the fault of white men committing a serious crime against another human being. I would love to see your Daily Mail view of the world. You cannot back up the diarrhea that comes out of your mouth or spills onto your keyboard. The only angle I can possibly comprehend that you can score points on is my user name and that must be a shallow victory.
Please point out where in the story genital mutilation or the failings of multiculturalism is the fault of white men committing a serious crime against another human being. I would love to see your Daily Mail view of the world. You cannot back up the diarrhea that comes out of your mouth or spills onto your keyboard. The only angle I can possibly comprehend that you can score points on is my user name and that must be a shallow victory. smokintheweed

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