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Pole-dancer jailed for encouraging man to kill himself

Natasha Gordon was jailed for four years Credit: PA

A former pole-dancer who left a postman to die alone after they entered a suicide pact has been jailed for four years

Natasha Gordon, 44, met 31-year-old Matthew Birkinshaw online and encouraged him to kill himself and then got out of the car before he died.

Matthew Birkinshaw Credit: Leicestershire Police

The ex-model was described during her trial as an "enthusiastic advocate" of suicide and attempted to arrange other pacts within hours of Mr Birkinshaw's death.

Mr Birkinshaw was found in his Fiat Punto at Rutland Water in December 2015.

Gordon denied a single charge of encouraging Mr Birkinshaw to take his own life but was convicted by a jury at Leicester Crown Court in December.

"I have found you misled him into believing you were genuine and firmly intent on committing suicide with him, although you were not fully committed."

– Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb