Black­mail ac­cused’s le­gal team with­draws

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY ALAN WIL­SON

A NINE­TEEN-year-old woman who is ac­cused of ex­tort­ing more than £550 from a Dundee busi­ness­man has had her trial post­poned af­ter her le­gal team with­drew from act­ing for her.

At Dundee Sher­iff Court, Jim Laverty, who ap­peared on be­half of Aberdeen law firm Mathers & Co, told Sher­iff Derek Reekie that the prin­ci­pal agents had not been able to ob­tain cer­tain in­for­ma­tion for a le­gal aid ap­pli­ca­tion from Ais­ling Iron­side, of Nell­field Place in Aberdeen, and were there­fore seek­ing to with­draw from act­ing on her be­half.

Iron­side de­nies she ex­torted the money in ex­change for not re­veal­ing the busi­ness­man’s in­fi­deli­ties to the me­dia and his fam­ily.

Mr Laverty told the court: “Those in­struct­ing me ad­vise that cer­tain vouch­ing had to be pre­sented by her for the le­gal aid ap­pli­ca­tion.

“This has not been done and they say they have no op­tion but to with­draw.”

Fis­cal de­pute Lynne Man­nion told the court the Crown had been mov­ing for an ad­journ­ment of the trial in any case as the com­plainer, Mr A, was un­able to at­tend for the trial diet on July 13.

Sher­iff Reekie granted the Crown mo­tion and also granted leave for Mathers & Co to with­draw from act­ing for Iron­side.

A no­tional trial diet was set down for July 13 and Iron­side was or­dained to ap­pear at court then.

The teenager de­nies that, be­tween Novem­ber 25-29 last year, at a street in Broughty Ferry and else­where, with the in­ten­tion of me­nac­ing Mr A and putting him in a state of fear and alarm and ap­pre­hen­sion of pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion and per­sonal rep­u­ta­tional harm if he did not pay her £550 in money, she threat­ened to ex­pose his in­fi­delity to the me­dia and fam­ily mem­bers and ex­torted the cash from him by threats.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing, the le­gal team rep­re­sent­ing Mr A had suc­cess­fully ap­plied to the Court of Ses­sion for reporting re­stric­tions on the case.

The re­stric­tions mean the busi­ness­man can­not be iden­ti­fied other than by the name Mr A.

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