Ian Strachan and Sean McGuigan demanded the money for a set of recordings featuring "scandalous" remarks by a royal employee. Among the claims were that the married royal, witness A, performed a sex act on his employee, witness D, at a party. Strachan and McGuigan used the tapes to demand money from A after trying but failing to sell them to newspapers.
Two men attempted to blackmail a member of the royal family with claims he performed oral sex on another man and was dishonest in his business dealings, a court was told today. The recordings, lasting eight hours in total, also featured the employee making "scandalous and disparaging remarks" about other members of the royal family, said Mark Ellison QC, prosecuting. They arranged to meet someone representing the royal at a London hotel, but instead ended up discussing the demands with an undercover police officer.
Ian Strachan. There were also allegations, stemming from eight hours of video and audio recordings of the employee, witness D, that the royal took drugs. Jurors have been told that, before the blackmail attempt, the men tried to sell the tapes to several newspapers.
Strachan, whose real name was Paul Adalsteinsson, used different names — including Paul Stein — to obtain a variety of prescription drugs which he popped "like sweets," the inquest heard. His left leg was amputated following a 30ft fall from a balcony inand he was visiting numerous hospitals — including Chelsea and Westminster and St Thomas' — for surgery. In the hours before his death he had become aggressive and sent texts at 1am to his mum Elizabeth Stratton, who had been for lunch with him the day before. The text messages read: "You want a body, you have got one.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. It took in crudely-forged documents, doctored videoclips, claims of illicit gay sex and the murkier end of Fleet Street. The aliases employed to preserve the victim's anonymity added a frisson of intrigue to the court hearings.
A member of the British royal family called in Scotland Yard detectives after becoming the target of a "sex and drugs" blackmail plot, it has been reported. One of the men claimed to have evidence suggesting that a royal aide had in his possession an envelope containing cocaine that had been supplied by a royal. It was also alleged during the conversation that a video tape existed.
Strachan denies demanding money with menaces. In the first alleged blackmail case involving a member of the Royal Family sinceIan Strachan and Sean McGuigan were both put on trial. They deny demanding cash with menaces from a male member of the royal household, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
A man who tried to blackmail the Royal Family over a gay sex scandal killed himself by taking a lethal cocktail of drugs, an inquest heard. Ian Strachan, 40, was found dead on Christmas Eve just hours after seeing his mum at his plush flat in Marylebone, central London, the hearing was told. Strachan, originally from Aberdeen, claimed to be friends with Princes Harry and William, had registered to three separate practices, two GPs and a private clinic to feed his prescription drug habit. While in Dubai in a row erupted with authorities over a crashed Audi R8 and he spent 10 months in the Gulf country before making a daring escape via Iran, he told his GP.
The men also said the footage showed the royal aide snorting cocaine from an envelope allegedly supplied by the royal, the paper reported. It is the first time in more than a century that a member of the royal family has been the target of an alleged blackmail plot. Buckingham Palace was not immediately available to comment.
Thursday 08 August UK News feed. A married member of the Royal Family was subject to an attempted blackmail by two men over claims he had performed a sex act on one of his senior male aides on a kitchen floor, a court has heard. Extracts from 'blackmail' tape Royal 'blackmail victim' will not appear in court.