Madam Suzanna Symington ran high-class brothels from Ocean Village apartments

Suzanna Symington

Suzanna Symington as pictured on her website

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

ALL SUZANNA Symington dreamed of was becoming a self-styled millionairess with a home in the sun complete with swimming pool and a book deal chronicling how she made her fortune.

To achieve her ambition, however, Suzanna Symington became a madam, running a high-class brothel from luxury penthouse flats in Southampton.

She was well on her way to achieving her goal when the operation she was running was raided by police after only a few months.

Southampton Crown Court heard how the 29-year-old began working as a prostitute when her gambler boyfriend left her with crippling debts.

Prosecutor David Jenkins said she offered a variety of services from escorting to life coaching and full sex.

Such was the success of her business she decided to rent two flats in the upmarket Ocean Village and run them as brothels, he said.

Symington, of Ocean Way, Ocean Village, recruited girls to work from the penthouse flats under the agency name of Elite Devine Honeys in what was described by Mr Jenkins as “a very high-class set up”.

The girls were provided with accommodation, security camera, video intercom along with contraceptives and a variety of sex toys.

Charging anything from £80 for “girlfriend experiences” to £2,000 for a weekend, Symington, who worked under the name of Lucy Devine, took a cut of the profits from which she paid the rent and other utility bills.

Over the course of the four months the brothel was operational from May to August last year police believe the business made almost £34,000.

When the search warrant was executed by police a purse containing £13,410 in cash was found along with a quantity of amphetamine that Symington later said in interview was for personal use to help her lose weight.

Dressed in a figure hugging black suit with animal print collar and cuffs, Symington sat motionless during the hearing, only stifling a smile when details of her on-line advertisement describing herself as “a young dark haired babe” who was “perfect and perky” were read out.

Mitigating for Symington, who was found guilty of controlling or managing a brothel for the use of prostitution, possessing criminal property – meaning the profits – and admitted possessing a class B drug, Toby Long said she had been “disarmingly” honest and had cooperated fully with police.

He said that her former boyfriend had all but coerced her into opening the brothels and had taken much of the profits she was making for himself.

Sentencing her to seven months in prison, suspended for a year and imposing a £250 fine, Recorder Nigel Pascoe said to Symington: “In life there are sometimes turning points and you may like to consider that not going to prison today maybe the turning point in your life, but that is a matter for you.”

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9:29am Wed 12 Dec 12

Maine Lobster says...

Legalise it,control it, medically supervise it, tax it. The oldest profession canoot be beaten by the law and spending public money on combatting it is preventing the Police dealing with more important issues.
Legalise it,control it, medically supervise it, tax it. The oldest profession canoot be beaten by the law and spending public money on combatting it is preventing the Police dealing with more important issues. Maine Lobster
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9:30am Wed 12 Dec 12

MGRA says...

oldest profession in the world... all the police hounding is not going to stop it, why the hell aren't those cops catching the muggers, rapists, burglers, child molestors, murderers instead. This was easy and a waste of police time, its has not helped protect the citizens from real crime.
oldest profession in the world... all the police hounding is not going to stop it, why the hell aren't those cops catching the muggers, rapists, burglers, child molestors, murderers instead. This was easy and a waste of police time, its has not helped protect the citizens from real crime. MGRA
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9:30am Wed 12 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

No mention that the boyfriend / pimp has been charged with living on immoral earnings, after her solicitor states he (the boyfriend ) took much of the profits. Needs more investigation, or as usual another one is let off the hook ,like her, £250 is peanuts in the Bahamas.
No mention that the boyfriend / pimp has been charged with living on immoral earnings, after her solicitor states he (the boyfriend ) took much of the profits. Needs more investigation, or as usual another one is let off the hook ,like her, £250 is peanuts in the Bahamas. Sovietobserver
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9:55am Wed 12 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

Did the court also take into consideration her finances from being a director of Elite Devine Therapy Limited which is controlled by her accountant Matthew Hanton from his offices at 93, Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis. They probably only know about the tip of the iceberg regarding her business empire.
Did the court also take into consideration her finances from being a director of Elite Devine Therapy Limited which is controlled by her accountant Matthew Hanton from his offices at 93, Aldwick Road, Bognor Regis. They probably only know about the tip of the iceberg regarding her business empire. Sovietobserver
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9:55am Wed 12 Dec 12

St Retford says...

It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off?

It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop.

This country...
It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off? It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop. This country... St Retford
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9:58am Wed 12 Dec 12

miltonarcher says...

Well done to the police on this one. Meanwhile, muggers, thieves and other real criminals stay free to blight our lives.
Well done to the police on this one. Meanwhile, muggers, thieves and other real criminals stay free to blight our lives. miltonarcher
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9:58am Wed 12 Dec 12

Rockhopper says...

Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth!
Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth! Rockhopper
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10:24am Wed 12 Dec 12

St Retford says...

Rockhopper wrote:
Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth!
I do think that would make a cracking item on Watchdog. That bloke on his motorbike could go around comparing the cards you find in phone boxes to the reality awaiting you when you turn up round their flat. You'd have an expert watching secretly-filmed footage as the two of them 'go through with it' and he'd be saying things like "See that? No way is that 'pert'" or "Now that was just basic - she shouldn't be charging more than £50 for that".

Somebody get Anne Robinson on the phone.
[quote][p][bold]Rockhopper[/bold] wrote: Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth![/p][/quote]I do think that would make a cracking item on Watchdog. That bloke on his motorbike could go around comparing the cards you find in phone boxes to the reality awaiting you when you turn up round their flat. You'd have an expert watching secretly-filmed footage as the two of them 'go through with it' and he'd be saying things like "See that? No way is that 'pert'" or "Now that was just basic - she shouldn't be charging more than £50 for that". Somebody get Anne Robinson on the phone. St Retford
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10:33am Wed 12 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

St Retford wrote:
Rockhopper wrote:
Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth!
I do think that would make a cracking item on Watchdog. That bloke on his motorbike could go around comparing the cards you find in phone boxes to the reality awaiting you when you turn up round their flat. You'd have an expert watching secretly-filmed footage as the two of them 'go through with it' and he'd be saying things like "See that? No way is that 'pert'" or "Now that was just basic - she shouldn't be charging more than £50 for that".

Somebody get Anne Robinson on the phone.
That bloke on the motorbike,Dan Penteado, with his record,could also give them advice on benefit and council tax fraud at the same time.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockhopper[/bold] wrote: Under the trade descriptions act shouldn't they also prosecute her for the misleading on line advert description of 'perfect' 'young' 'babe' all of which from the picture are far from the truth![/p][/quote]I do think that would make a cracking item on Watchdog. That bloke on his motorbike could go around comparing the cards you find in phone boxes to the reality awaiting you when you turn up round their flat. You'd have an expert watching secretly-filmed footage as the two of them 'go through with it' and he'd be saying things like "See that? No way is that 'pert'" or "Now that was just basic - she shouldn't be charging more than £50 for that". Somebody get Anne Robinson on the phone.[/p][/quote]That bloke on the motorbike,Dan Penteado, with his record,could also give them advice on benefit and council tax fraud at the same time. Sovietobserver
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11:14am Wed 12 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes?
'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes? kingnotail
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11:31am Wed 12 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

What you expect with a pcc deciding policy?

This is going to keep happening. More resources put towards combating this sort of enterprise because its easy to do so, and shows as great result when shown in the right light.

Its blow out of proportion, and used as propaganda tools to show the masses how great a job the police is doing. All for a self serving political agenda creating a portfolio for future elections. meanwhile the real scum are allowed to carry on in their merry ways because the police is tied up doing this sort of thing, thinning out already a thin barrier....
What you expect with a pcc deciding policy? This is going to keep happening. More resources put towards combating this sort of enterprise because its easy to do so, and shows as great result when shown in the right light. Its blow out of proportion, and used as propaganda tools to show the masses how great a job the police is doing. All for a self serving political agenda creating a portfolio for future elections. meanwhile the real scum are allowed to carry on in their merry ways because the police is tied up doing this sort of thing, thinning out already a thin barrier.... Subject48
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12:00pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

Maybe she could consider a dog's home as her next venture. More appropriate and less risk, unless of course the old Bill find another lead to follow...
Maybe she could consider a dog's home as her next venture. More appropriate and less risk, unless of course the old Bill find another lead to follow... Big Mac
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12:35pm Wed 12 Dec 12

loosehead says...

I hope they also do her for back tax on her earnings?
I hope they also do her for back tax on her earnings? loosehead
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12:46pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Normandy says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Well done to the police on this one. Meanwhile, muggers, thieves and other real criminals stay free to blight our lives.
Agree, how much time and money did they (the police) spend catching her, and how much time have they put in to trying to catch the low life that attacked the blind person and the guidedog for example, I would be very intested to know. What a joke, who makes these decisions on police priorites, they should give answers.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Well done to the police on this one. Meanwhile, muggers, thieves and other real criminals stay free to blight our lives.[/p][/quote]Agree, how much time and money did they (the police) spend catching her, and how much time have they put in to trying to catch the low life that attacked the blind person and the guidedog for example, I would be very intested to know. What a joke, who makes these decisions on police priorites, they should give answers. Normandy
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1:02pm Wed 12 Dec 12

st1halo says...

St Retford wrote:
It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off?

It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop.

This country...
Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off? It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop. This country...[/p][/quote]Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha st1halo
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1:48pm Wed 12 Dec 12

jazzi says...

st1halo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off?

It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop.

This country...
Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha
hehehehe, best chuckle in ages TY.
[quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off? It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop. This country...[/p][/quote]Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha[/p][/quote]hehehehe, best chuckle in ages TY. jazzi
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2:11pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Linesman says...

jazzi wrote:
st1halo wrote:
St Retford wrote:
It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off?

It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop.

This country...
Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha
hehehehe, best chuckle in ages TY.
Did he buy his suits at Savile Row?
[quote][p][bold]jazzi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]st1halo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: It is any wonder this country is in the financial mire when anyone with a bit of entrepreneurial spirit is crushed the moment their business begins to take off? It was the same at school. I used to buy big bags of sweets from Woolworths and had a thriving little trade selling them individually at lunch time. When the teachers found out do you think they said "Oh, well done, here's a grant to expand your business and here's a list of courses you can take to stimulate your burgeoning business brain."? No, they gave me TWO detentions and told me to stop. This country...[/p][/quote]Yes but you were 35 years old at the time. haha[/p][/quote]hehehehe, best chuckle in ages TY.[/p][/quote]Did he buy his suits at Savile Row? Linesman
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2:12pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Linesman says...

Not the only one in the hole-sale business in the city.
Not the only one in the hole-sale business in the city. Linesman
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7:32pm Wed 12 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one.

Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors.

One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'.
It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one. Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors. One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'. IronLady2010
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8:58pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Sovietobserver says...

Heard from a reliable source that this 'lady' is a spitting image of one that appears on BabeStation Adult TV.
Surprise, surprise.
Heard from a reliable source that this 'lady' is a spitting image of one that appears on BabeStation Adult TV. Surprise, surprise. Sovietobserver
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10:24am Thu 13 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one.

Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors.

One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'.
How much do you charge?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one. Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors. One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'.[/p][/quote]How much do you charge? sarfhamton
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10:27am Thu 13 Dec 12

loosehead says...

sarfhamton wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one.

Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors.

One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'.
How much do you charge?
Can you honestly afford a "classy Lady like Ironlady"
Take out a mortgage & it wouldn't be enough as this Lady's not for sale.
I hope that was a good enough reply on your behalf Ironlady?
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's difficult to understand the problems Brothels cause until you live next to one. Having your door knocked at 2am as the client is drunk and is asking which property is the ladies place. Having fag butts chucked on your garden whilst they're plucking up the courage to go inside. Then the drug dealers who hang around trying to sell their gear to visitors. One criminal activity leads to many others. It's not nice living next door to one of these places, I can speak from experience, especially when you live in a so called 'nice area'.[/p][/quote]How much do you charge?[/p][/quote]Can you honestly afford a "classy Lady like Ironlady" Take out a mortgage & it wouldn't be enough as this Lady's not for sale. I hope that was a good enough reply on your behalf Ironlady? loosehead
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7:47pm Thu 13 Dec 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

loosehead wrote:
100%HANTSBOY wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes?
Big caravans!
Beware the fish fiddling Trolls!!
So anyone quoting on Kingnotails posts are a Troll so exactly what does that make you?
HANTSBOY? Portsmouth Boy? or as you call others TROLL?
Check out other stories,Loserhead,he has nothing good to say about Southampton,which in my opinion,suggests he is from outside Southampton probably PO postcode...I am a Sotonion through and through...read the signs you numpty!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: 'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes?[/p][/quote]Big caravans![/p][/quote]Beware the fish fiddling Trolls!![/p][/quote]So anyone quoting on Kingnotails posts are a Troll so exactly what does that make you? HANTSBOY? Portsmouth Boy? or as you call others TROLL?[/p][/quote]Check out other stories,Loserhead,he has nothing good to say about Southampton,which in my opinion,suggests he is from outside Southampton probably PO postcode...I am a Sotonion through and through...read the signs you numpty! 100%HANTSBOY
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9:13pm Thu 13 Dec 12

loosehead says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
loosehead wrote:
100%HANTSBOY wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes?
Big caravans!
Beware the fish fiddling Trolls!!
So anyone quoting on Kingnotails posts are a Troll so exactly what does that make you?
HANTSBOY? Portsmouth Boy? or as you call others TROLL?
Check out other stories,Loserhead,he has nothing good to say about Southampton,which in my opinion,suggests he is from outside Southampton probably PO postcode...I am a Sotonion through and through...read the signs you numpty!
read your other post So again I'll say sorry thought you were aiming this at me hence the reply.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: 'Luxury penthouse flats in Southampton'. Joking, yes?[/p][/quote]Big caravans![/p][/quote]Beware the fish fiddling Trolls!![/p][/quote]So anyone quoting on Kingnotails posts are a Troll so exactly what does that make you? HANTSBOY? Portsmouth Boy? or as you call others TROLL?[/p][/quote]Check out other stories,Loserhead,he has nothing good to say about Southampton,which in my opinion,suggests he is from outside Southampton probably PO postcode...I am a Sotonion through and through...read the signs you numpty![/p][/quote]read your other post So again I'll say sorry thought you were aiming this at me hence the reply. loosehead
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