Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Mother blackmailed man with learning difficulties after he sent nude pictures to teenage girl

LONDON: A mother-of-two blackmailed a man with learning difficulties for more than £1,000 after he sent intimate images of himself to a teenage girl. Carl Lalliement, 28, sent the explicit photographs of his body to the youngster after they texted and messaged each other on Snapchat. But the girl’s friends found out and blackmailed Lalliement – whose mental age is far younger than his actual age – to keep it quiet from the police. Nerelle Shotton, 23, and another teenager who can’t be named for legal reasons, bombarded Lalliement with text messages and phonecalls demanding cash, taking more than £1,000 over the course of ten days in June last year. Matron accused of covering up of failings at Tameside Hospital is cleared of misconduct At a meeting to hand over the cash at the Etihad tram stop, the juvenile offender told Lalliement he had a knife and would beat him up if he texted the young girl again. Shotton, of Welwyn Walk, Miles Platting, also texted him asking for cash on several occasions. Prosecuting at Manchester Crown Court, Adrian Farrow said: “She told him that she saw him at work and they would find where he lived and tell people that he was a paedophile.”

Mitigating, Isobel Thomas, said Shotton is still a relatively young woman and was 21 when this took place. She added: “She felt disgusted by the way the complainant had behaved and didn’t want him to do it again.” Shotton and the juvenile pleaded guilty to conspiracy to blackmail. Judge Hilary Manley told Shotton that she should ‘start behaving like a positive role model’ to her two young children. Mum who battled cancer while pregnant celebrating sixth Christmas with daughter she never thought she’d see grow up. She was given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years. The other juvenile was handed a youth rehabilitation order for 12 months, along with 50 hours’ unpaid work. Both were ordered to pay £250 costs and handed a restraining order for five years. Lalliement, of North Manchester, was convicted in September this year of five counts of possessing prohibited images of children and was handed a community order for three years and a sexual harm prevention order for five years relating to the same incident. Judge Manley said Lalliement had learning difficulties and is of a much younger mental age than his actual years – and what they did was not justice, but corrupt ways to earn cash. She added: “If you had been truly concerned about what he had done you should have contacted the police.” She said it was awful to hear about the ‘self-righteous enjoyment you got out of tormenting a weaker person’. She added: “You should each be disgusted with yourselves.”

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