‘Wicked’ blackmail sex plot of woman having affair with married OAP shopkeeper
A woman who had sexually activity with a married OAP threatened to let his wife know and put naked photos of him on Facebook.
Tracy Newton, 48, had a two-year fling with the 75-year-old shopkeeper in the Wirral.
According to the man, who has not been named, it included a “sexual fumble” at his work, the Liverpool Echo reported.
He would sometimes give her money and once sent her a photo of his penis.
When the OAP tried to end the affair Newton recruited George Moss, 49, to help her blackmail him.
Liverpool Crown Court heard the pair extorted around £700 from the victim before he eventually confessed to his wife out of feat that Newton would tell her.
He also decided to contact the police.
Newton, of Calveley Avenue, Eastham, and Moss, of Clifton Avenue, Eastham, both denied blackmail in a trial in August.
However, they were both convicted and Newton was jailed last week, ahead of Moss being sentenced this morning.
Judge Denis Watson, QC, told Moss: “The jury saw through your lies at trial.
“Blackmail is a wicked offence and this was a wicked offence.”
He added: “The money involved was a significant amount to the victim and the demands that you and she made together were accompanied by loathsome threats to humiliate him and expose his sexual conduct.”
The victim’s wife knew nothing about the affair, the judge said.
Judge Watson said Moss “faked a surprise visit to the shop” when he knew Newton and the victim would be “together”.
Over the next 10 weeks he demanded money to keep quiet, with the pensioner handing over between £600 and £700.
The loss of money led the victim to fall behind on his bills with suppliers.
Judge Watson told Moss: “You made repeated demands for money, accompanied by threats to tell his wife of the affair, and to reveal the intimate photo on social media.”
Tom Watson, prosecuting, said Moss had convictions dating back to the 1980s.
Mr Watson said they included wounding, battery, attempting to handle stolen goods and in 2001 shoplifting.
Cheryl Mottram, defending Moss, said he was sorry for what he put the victim through, in order to feed a crack cocaine habit.
She said: “His only thought was for his next fix.”
Ms Mottram said Moss had since reduced his crack cocaine intake with the help of drug service Wirral Ways to Recovery.
She said: “He’s somewhat of a sad individual, he doesn’t have many friends, he doesn’t have any family support, he lives on his own.
“His father turned his back on him understandably because of his behaviour and his drug addiction.”
She said: “There have been some threats to his safety, his window has been put through, his door lock has also been broken.
“That’s put added stress on him over the last few weeks.
“Threats have been made about him, about any time he spends in custody he needs to watch his back, that kind of thing.”
Judge Watson accepted that Newton recruited Moss, but said he went along with it “enthusiastically” in what was a “vital” role.
The judge said Moss also encouraged Newton to post the picture on Facebook.
He bore in mind his drug habit, his “slightly lesser responsibility” and the impact of serving a prison sentence during the coronavirus pandemic.
Judge Watson jailed Newton for two years and three months and locked Moss up for one year and nine months.
He made both of them subject to a 10-year restraining order to protect their victim.
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