Extortion trial moved to Dundee

Dundee Sheriff Court

Dundee Sheriff Court

The trial of a man accused of a £117,000 extortion plot - allegedly scamming cash to keep “private information” quiet - has been moved to Dundee.

Bradley Long faced a string of allegations at Forfar Sheriff Court yesterday (Wednesday) over an alleged four-year scheme, but failed to appear as his partner is ill.

He is accused of extorting £81,306.01 from a man between May 2011 and June 2014 - then attempting to extort a further £36,500 from him between October 2014 and March 2015.

Prosecutors allege he threatened the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, with violence and damage to his property.

It is further claimed that Long threatened the man that he would “reveal private information to his family” in the attempt to extort the further £36,500.

Long is also accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards the man on a date in March 2015, being in possession of cannabis when he was detained by police and being concerned in the supply of cocaine between May 2011 and March 9 2015.

A further charge alleges that he failed to appear in court at a prior hearing of the case in February.

Long, 30, of Eastbourne, Sussex, was not present at the hearing over the charges, being prosecuted on indictment.

Defence solicitor Ann Duffy said Long could not make the journey to court because his partner had recently undergone a hernia operation and he had to look after their two children.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio continued the case to a first diet in August and ordered Long to appear on that date.