Man jailed over blackmail bid
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
A MAN who threatened to kill the family of a Newry businessman unless he paid him £50,000 has been jailed for 19 months.
David Samuel McAdams pleaded guilty to blackmail after menacing phone calls to the dad-of-two in August last year were traced back to him.
The 35-year-old, who is originally from Portadown but had been living at Annesville in Newry, was jailed at Craigavon Court on Friday.
At an earlier High Court hearing, prosecution barrister Fiona O'Kane said the victim, who is the owner of a business in north Belfast, received a terrifying phone call last year from McAdams who warned him he would be left with no family and no home if cash demands were not met.
“He mentioned his wife's name, the names of the injured party's two daughters and gave details of the injured party's home address," Ms O'Kane told the court.
“He was able to give details of the vehicles the injured party owned and his socialising.
“The male caller then asked for £50,000. Apparently, the threat was in a way that 'if you want to continue working in north Belfast, you will pay this money'."
Reduced demands for two payments of £7,000 were made when the victim said he couldn't afford to pay £50,000.
The victim contacted police after further calls were made to arrange a location to make the payments.
McAdams was arrested in November last year and charged with blackmail and possession of a stun gun.
Setting out the threat made to the businessman at McAdams' first court appearance last year, Ms O'Kane told the court: "If he didn't pay, he would soon have no family and no residence."
She also told the court that CCTV footage linked McAdams to the purchase of the mobile phone and top-up cards that were bought to make the threatening calls.
McAdams originally denied the charges against him but changed his plea at an earlier hearing this year.
He was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment with a further 20 months on licence upon release.
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