F1 Tamara’s blackmailer gets 4 years
FORMULA One heiress Tamara Ecclestone’s former fiancé has been jailed for four years for attempting to blackmail her out of £200,000.
Derek Rose, 33, had threatened to reveal “intimate secrets” about the daughter of billionaire F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Rose ( above) went out with Miss Ecclestone, now 28, in 2002 before he discovered she had cheated on him.
He sent his bullying demands in an email to the wealthy star’s agent, Dana Malmstrom, saying “one of the biggest tabloids” had made a “life-changing offer” for a kiss-and-tell story.
But in reality, no newspaper had approached him.
Dressed in a grey suit jacket, blue jeans and white trainers, Rose, from Camden, north London, sat stony faced as sentence was passed on him at Southwark Crown Court.
Judge Andrew Goymer said: “It was nothing more than a cynical and greedy attempt to extract a large sum of money.”