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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 (3024490)
Rufford man and escort girl partner jailed for £20,000 blackmail sex plot
by David Simister

A RUFFORD man has been jailed after admitting blackmailing a businessman who he had filmed having sex with his escort girl partner.

Shaun Dykes, of Holmeswood Road, and his girlfriend, call girl Suzanne Norbury, of the same address, were each jailed for three and a half years after they admitted taking photographs on hidden cameras a company director's liasions with the escort girl, and then threatening to show the damning photographs to the man's friends and family unless he paid them £20,000.

The victim, a 37-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been visiting Norbury for around 18 months from 2009, and during the visits she used her phone and a camera to take pictures and video them engaging in sexual activity.

Chester Crown Court heard that in April last year Norbury told the victim she had been burgled and that her phone, laptop and camera had been stolen. A couple of weeks later she contacted the businessman and told him she had been contacted by a man who told her he had the images and videos of her and the victim. He told her he would show them to their families if they didn't pay him £20,000. She also told the victim, who lives in the Cheshire area, that the blackmailer knew who the man was, and where he lived and worked.

Although the victim was then contacted on numerous occasions by the blackmailer, he contacted the police, who launched a covert operation which led to the plot Dykes and Norbury had created being uncovered.

The businessman met both Norbury and Dykes in Ormskirk where they attempted to persuade him to hand over cash to them and in return they would hire someone to get his property back. The meeting, however, took place under police surveillance, with specialist officers supporting the victim. Following the meeting, the Rufford couple were both arrested and later charged with blackmail.

Detective Superintendent Geraint Jones of Cheshire Constabulary said: “Despite being threatened and warned not to go to the police, the victim in this case did the right thing in reporting this crime to us and we immediately launched an operation aimed at catching the people responsible.

”Blackmail often centres on an area of sensitivity or embarrassment to the victim which can inhibit them in contacting the police, but I would like to take this opportunity to stress that Cheshire Police is experienced at dealing with cases such as this and the safety and protection of the victim is our key priority. This case highlights how our expertise and sensitivity leads to positive results. I am pleased that these two have been exposed and punished for their deceitful plan as it is a serious crime which is reflected in the sentences handed down today.“

The pair were both sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Monday (March 12).


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