Black­mailer sent ‘clocks’ to his date

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - LIZ DAY­

A MAN black­mailed his date by telling him he would re­veal se­crets about his sex­u­al­ity to his fam­ily if he did not pay him £700.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Cal­lum Wooton told his vic­tim “Time is tick­ing” and sent him emo­jis of clocks in an at­tempt to pres­sure him into hand­ing over the cash.

Rosamund Rut­ter, pros­e­cut­ing, said the de­fen­dant told his vic­tim: “I am go­ing to ruin your life.”

The court heard the pair met on the dat­ing app Grindr in May be­fore meet­ing at Wooton’s home in Brid­gend.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the vic­tim, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, de­cided he did not want to see the de­fen­dant again and there was an ar­gu­ment.

Ms Rut­ter said: “The de­fen­dant sug­gested he was go­ing to ex­pose the com­plainant.”

She told the court the vic­tim’s fam­ily did not know about his sex­u­al­ity.

Wooton sent mes­sages say­ing “You f***ed with the wrong per­son” and “I am go­ing to ruin your life”.

The court heard he then asked for £700 and told the vic­tim “Time is tick­ing” be­fore send­ing him im­ages of clocks.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the vic­tim called the po­lice on June 19 and the de­fen­dant was ar­rested. Dur­ing his po­lice in­ter­view he ad­mit­ted send­ing the mes­sages but said he never wanted the money and did not ex­pect to re­ceive it.

In a state­ment read out in court the com­plainant said: “He had com­plete con­trol of me. I felt like I could not es­cape and I did con­sider if the only way out was to end my life.”

He added: “I was ter­ri­fied – it was a very fright­en­ing time.

“I still feel like he could tell my fam­ily about me and de­stroy ev­ery­thing that is im­por­tant to me. My de­ci­sion to tell my fam­ily about my should be mine.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said the de­fen­dant had been be­fore the courts for four pre­vi­ous of­fences in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing and fail­ing to stop after an in­ci­dent.

Wooton, 20, from Yny­saw­dre, ad­mit­ted black­mail.

Hashim Sal­man, de­fend­ing, de­scribed him as “an in­tel­li­gent young man” but added: “There is still a level of im­ma­tu­rity.”

The de­fence bar­ris­ter said: “He looks back with a great deal of shame.”

Wooton was sen­tenced to eight months’ de­ten­tion in a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion. life

Cal­lum Wooton ad­mit­ted black­mail

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