Sophie Dalzell: Soft porn TV presenter refuses to wear ankle tag because it would cost her work

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She was ordered to be fitted with the tracking device for not doing community service but refused to let G45 fit it because it was an “eyesore”

Let off: Sophie Dalzell was fined but does not have to wear the tag
Let off: Sophie Dalzell was fined but does not have to wear the tag

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A glamour model refused to wear an electronic ankle tag because it was an “eyesore” and would cost her work, a court heard.

Sophie Dalzell, 19, was ordered to be fitted with the tracking device for not doing community service following a conviction for damaging a car.

But after refusing to let security firm G4S fit it, she has been fined £200 with £75 costs instead.

The topless model said: “A tag on my ankle wouldn’t look very good. It’s an eyesore. Your appearance is everything.”

Dalzell was initially convicted of criminal damage in March last year.

She was put on probation and sentenced to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.

She failed to do all the hours and was order to wear the tag for eight weeks but appealed.

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Busty: Sophie worked as a presenter on an adult TV station

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Her solicitor Matthew Wallace told Manchester magistrates’ court there was a dispute over whether she should have been tagged while her appeal was pending.

“The problem was that at that time Miss Dalzell had a contract with an agency for TV-based glamour modelling.

"She couldn’t do that with the tag on her ankle,” he said.

“The matter was subject to an appeal. It was a question of whether the tag should be fitted in the interim.”

Dalzell, who was wearing a black dress, false eyelashes, bright red lipstick and diamond earrings in court, denied breaching the order.

But she changed her plea to guilty after telling the court her trial date would conflict with a modelling job in Ibiza and the fine was imposed.

Sophie Dazell
Career: Sophie feared she would be sacked for wearing the ankle tag

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The busty blonde, of Bradford, north east Manchester, said: “I still don’t think it’s fair about the fine. I am innocent. I haven’t done anything wrong.

“They didn’t consider what I did. If I had let them put the tag on, I would have had no job and nowhere to live.

"I was doing adult channels, TV presenting. I’m still mad about the whole situation.

"When they came to the house I said it would really affect my work and that I was waiting for the outcome of my appeal.”

After the case, Mr Wallace said: “I’m sure the sentence better reflects the interests of justice.”

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