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Jailed blackmailer tells Gazette get he will appeal
3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
A CONVICTED blackmailer jailed for 11 years is set launch an appeal.
Anthony Still, 52, of St John’s Road, Clacton, was found guilty of blackmailing a wealthy businessman out of £630,000 over eight years after finding out he had a sex secret involving a teenage rent boy.
Still was found guilty following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court and was sentenced in July.
Writing to the Gazette from HMP Chelmsford, he said: “I will be appealing my case vigorously and reporting certain people for perverting justice and withholding evidence.
“I have done nothing to apologise for except to my family for getting mixed up with this.
“I have not had any of that money I am being accused of.
“I do not accept the court’s findings and the reasons will become clear through my appeal.
“The truth will come out in the end.”
Still was described by Judge Charles Gratwicke as heartless for putting his victim through a highly unpleasant ordeal and making him give evidence in the case.
The victim, who was only known by the name Barnaby during the trial, spent six days behind a screen at the court giving evidence.
He said Still demanded money to sending the rent boy to a rehab clinic and to keep his contact with the boy secret from family and business partners.
Conversations between the two at the Balkerne Gate pub in Colchester were bugged by police and Still was arrested.
Still claimed he had been working for Barnaby, researching male escort agencies, and there was no blackmail.