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Woman facing jail for blackmail

A 62-YEAR-OLD Cardigan woman is facing a jail sentence after she was convicted of blackmailing a man in his late 80s.

Linda Mary Thomas had threatened to make a false allegation to police that he had sexually assaulted her unless he gave her £10,000.

But after he handed over the money she demanded an additional £10,000.

Thomas, of Briscwm Cottages, had denied blackmail but was found guilty following a retrial at Swansea Crown Court. After a first trial in March the jury had been unable to agree even a majority verdict.

The jury heard how the man became so worried by her threats that he withdrew £10,000 from his account at Lloyds in Cardigan.

When he returned a short while later to withdraw a second £10,000 staff became concerned and contacted the social services, who called in the police.

When police officers arrested Thomas she told them she had been intending to contact them herself with a complaint of her own.

Despite extensive searches by police the original £10,000 was never found.

After the guilty verdict Judge Geraint Walters agreed to postpone sentencing until a probation officer had prepared a report into her background.

Thomas will be sentenced early next month and was granted bail meanwhile.