Boy Blackmails Shopkeeper

MARLOW: The juvenile court in this Berkshire town was told that a 15-year-old boy tried to blackmail a shopkeeper with a ‘poison pen’ letter.

Prosecuting Mr Colin Cleugh read a letter he said the boy had handed to the shopkeeper. It said: “I know what you are and want you to do with me. You are a homosexual. If you don’t want me to tell the police put £10 in an envelope. What’s £10 to five years away?”

The letter, he said, referred to an incident at a shop where the boy had worked, when “the man very foolishly placed his hand on the boy’s trousers – nothing more.”

Mr Ronald Kentisbeer, defending, said the letter was the act of a ;‘young, frightened boy”. An older person would have acted differently.

The case was adjourned for reports.

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