Christchurch man charged with blackmail

March 8, 2017 | By More

A New Brighton man has been remanded on a blackmail charge of threatening to disclose historic sexual offending by another man unless he was paid $40,000.

The man, 37, was granted a registrar’s remand, without plea, on two charges when his case was listed at the Christchurch District Court today.

The remand meant he was dealt with at the court office and he did not need to appear in court before a judge.

No suppression order was initially sought or granted, but an alleged blackmail victim has automatic suppression. The duty lawyer had the case recalled later in the day, so that a suppression order could be made by a registrar, with the agreement of the police.

The blackmail charge alleges the offence took place on September 29 at Christchurch when the man threatened to disclose historic sexual offending unless he was paid $40,000.

A second charge under the Harmful Digital Communications Act, dated March 1, alleges he posted a Facebook post with intent to cause harm to the man and caused him “serious emotional distress”.

The man was arrested overnight and granted police bail to appear at court today. The registrar remanded him on bail to appear at court again on March 29.

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