Blackmail

An unwarranted demand with menaces.

A person who makes any unwarranted demand with menaces with the intention to gain for himself by causing loss to another is guilty of blackmail.

A demand with menaces is unwarranted unless it is made in the belief that there are reasonable grounds for making the demand and that the use of menaces is a proper way of reinforcing the demand.

(s21 Theft Act 1968)  states that;

'The nature of the act or omission demanded is immaterial, and it is also immaterial whether the menaces relate to action to be taken by the person making the demand. A person guilty of blackmail shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.'

 

Blackmail Commercial - Crown Prosecution Service

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