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Tandragee pair accused of blackmailing man over secret sex recording back before court

Preliminary Enquiry date to be fixed in New Year

A Tandragee pair may face trial at Crown Court on charges of blackmail.

Court previously heard it alleged that the female defendant acted as a prostitute and threatened to send a secretly recorded video of a man having sex with her to his fiancée if he didn’t hand over thousands of pounds.

Lorna White, 23, of Market Street, appeared charged with blackmail, possessing criminal property and intimidation of a witness at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Her appearance was made by videolink from Maghaberry.

Her co-accused, Jason Melvin Hamill, stood charged with similar offences, as well as inciting prostitution for gain, controlling prostitution and converting criminal property.

The case has been listed for a Preliminary Enquiry date, which is used to determine if there is enough evidence for the pair to be tried on their charges, to be fixed on January 15, of next year.

At a previous court sitting prosecutors claimed the complainant received a screenshot of him standing naked as part of the extortion plot.

Up to £3,000 was allegedly demanded from the man, who eventually turned to police for help.

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