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Teenager extorted money from 'sugar daddy' businessman

Aisling Ironside admitted threatening to expose man's identity unless he paid £550.

Dundee Sheriff Court: Ironside admitted charge.
Dundee Sheriff Court: Ironside admitted charge.

A teenage girl blackmailed a prominent businessman she met on a 'sugar daddy' website.

Aisling Ironside, from Aberdeen, responded after he threatened to expose explicit images taken of her.

Ironside, 20, threatened to reveal the identity of the man, who can't be named for legal reasons, unless he continued to give her money.

The then 17-year-old first met the married businessman, known as Mr A, online three years ago.

Her lawyer insisted there had been "no intimacy" between the pair, but said Mr A had taken explicit photos of her at one stage.

After initially chatting on the site, Mr A started giving Ironside money, including £1200 to decorate a new home.

But after he threatened to use the pictures, she demanded further payments and blackmailed him for £550, which he paid into her account before contacting police.

'He threatened if she did not meet certain requirements he would show this image with a view to clearly humiliating her'
Alex Burn

During her trial at Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday, it was heard that Mr A warned Ironside that he had "friends in high places" and would ensure "nothing came of the case" if he was exposed.

Defence solicitor Alex Burn said: "He threatened if she did not meet certain requirements he would show this image with a view to clearly humiliating her.

"She then engaged in this idiotic plan to get money from him."

Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion told the court that the pair had met on a website and that a "relationship" formed between them.

She said: "He provided the accused with money previous to this particular occasion.

"On this occasion the accused asked for money and advised when he was reluctant to provide that money that she would expose his infidelity.

'This all happened a long time ago and I'm told things have changed since then for you'
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael

"There was then a payment of £550 transferred to her bank account.

"However, the complainer then went to the police and advised them of the situation."

Ironside, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of extortion committed between November 25 and November 29, 2016.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael fined Ironside £550 and said: "This all happened a long time ago and I'm told things have changed since then for you."

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