They also featured allegations of "impropriety" in business by Witness A, who cannot be identified for legal reasons. The identity of those who featured in the material was clearly recognised to be integral to its value or 'selling point' Mark Ellison QC Court hears secret recordings. We are no longer allowed to feel comfortable imbibing our legal drugs of choice and so the notion of transgression implied in the consumption of illegal drugs such as cocaine is substantially diminished. British Broadcasting Corporation Home. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets CSS enabled. Some accounts suggested that the video showed the royal engaged in a gay sex act with the aide; in tamer versions, the aide was said to have made claims about a gay sex act with the royal.
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The royal blackmail story is remarkable for the absence of outrage
BBC iD Sign in. What on earth will they get up to next, we wondered to ourselves, when the tampon stuff hit the papers? Mr McGuigan was "coy" in comparison to Mr Strachan when it came to discussing money over the telephone, jurors were told. The failing marriages of Charles and Diana and Andrew and Sarah in the s boosted newsstand sales everywhere. The case came to light only five years ago when a letter to his lawyer was sold at auction. One one occasion Mr Weatherup was shown a video of Witness D snorting three or four lines of cocaine. Page last updated at
E-mail this to a friend. Page last updated at Prosecutions for blackmail are rare but it is a serious offence which can involve the victims making themselves vulnerable Mark Carroll, CPS How the blackmail plot unfolded. I have to say, as a commitment to preventing drug abuse, this strikes me as rather less rigorous than the approach adopted in, say, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Strachan, 31, and McGuigan, 41, both of London, had denied charges of demanding money with menaces. The Old Bailey heard that Strachan was a "Walter Mitty"-type fantasist who routinely claimed to be a friend of royals and lived an extravagant lifestyle.