Lawyer's children allegedly demand $15,000 cash for pornographic photo of rich mot

Dec 8, 2004
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TWO teenage children of a prominent Sydney barrister have been charged with using a "pornographic photo" to blackmail a wealthy north shore mother.

The boy and girl allegedly demanded the woman leave $15,000 in a toilet cistern at a hotel or they would make the photo public, The Daily Telegraph reported.

They were arrested after the woman's husband reported the demand to police and a covert operation was set up to catch the youths. The girl was arrested by plainclothes officers on May 30 after she walked out of the unisex bathroom of the hotel's gaming room empty handed.

The boy, who police allege was nearby, was arrested some weeks later. An 18-year-old accomplice, who said he was a friend of the boy, pleaded guilty to extortion last week and will be sentenced in September.

Police are unsure how the pair obtained the photo, taken by the woman's husband. They believe the teens were in the same social set as the victim's daughter. Police believe the images were stolen from the woman's home.

A copy of the extortion letter received by the victim on May 29 was allegedly found by police on an Apple laptop used by the siblings. The teens' mother told police the laptop was used by both her children.

The letter was allegedly saved in a file titled "threat letter MILF" less than five hours before a copy was allegedly slid under the front door of the victim's mansion in an envelope addressed to the victim and labelled "private".

On the day of the Hunters Hill cash drop the woman placed a package in the cistern of the toilet and then left the hotel, the court has been told.

She returned to her car and sent a text message to the alleged extortionists confirming she had made the drop.

The girl then entered the toilet and spent 13 minutes inside, police allege. No other people used the toilet once the package was inside.

Police allege they heard "sounds consistent with masking tape being removed from the package" while the girl was in the bathroom.

There was no money in the package so the girl left empty handed and was arrested by officers, police said.

In the minutes following the arrest police allege her brother used a phone to make 12 phone calls and send two text messages to their father.

About an hour after the girl was arrested the woman's husband received a call from the offenders, the court was told.

The caller said: "You used undercover cops, f ... you, f ... you. You tell (name of woman) she is dead".
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