Sex show turned robbery

A woman will serve at least five years behind bars after a purported live sex show turned into an armed robbery in the summer of 2016. Her partner in crime remains on the run.

On the evening of July 13, 2016, A Kelowna man, whose identity is protected under a publication ban, hired 25-year-old Heather Nystrom and 52-year-old Cal Little to perform a live sex show in his condo, after finding their ad on a classified site.

They agreed on an hour show for $400 and shortly after midnight, the couple arrived at his condo, near the UBC Okanagan campus.

Surveillance footage from the building showed the three people walking through the condo’s hallways, a blue duffel bag in Little’s hand.

After a brief discussion inside, the man said the pair went into a bedroom. Little came out with a sawed-off shotgun and a knife and said “this is a robbery,” as Nystrom closed the condo’s curtains.

After the man told the couple he only had the money they had agreed upon for the show, Little slammed the knife into a table, saying “there’s always more.”

At one point, Little became distracted and the man was able to escape, just six minutes after the pair had entered the condo.The man's cellphone and $400 was stolen.

Nystrom contended the man who hired them had tried to grab at her crotch, and they took the $400 because he had broken their agreement.

Justice Jane Cartwright rejected Nystrom’s version of events, since Nystrom also stole the man's phone.

Nystrom and Little were arrested on July 15, and police found two shotguns in their vehicle, along with ammunition, a bag full of 20 cellphones, and cocaine.

The pair faced a trial in late 2017, but at one of the last trial dates, Little jumped bail and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Prior to jumping bail, Little had been charged with breaching his bail conditions on four separate occasions from April to June, 2017, yet he was still out of custody.

Nystrom had breached her bail conditions on Oct. 6, 2016, and has remained in custody since. 

On Wednesday, Justice Cartwright found Nystrom and Little guilty of robbery with a prohibited firearm, along with six other firearm offences.

Nystrom, appearing on video from the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, broke down in tears as she was convicted.

While she won’t be sentenced until after a presentence report is completed, likely in mid-March, robbery with a prohibited firearm carries a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years.

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