Male prostitute Peter Ellis was jailed for 30 months yesterday after attempting to blackmail a Cambridge academic.
26 year-old Ellis was approached by the married academic, who has not been named, near Newnham College, and was paid £10 to perform a sex act on him. The elderly don then paid Ellis £40 for full sex a fortnight later.
However Ellis, a homeless drug user, then demanded £4,000 from his client.
Sara Walker, prosecuting, told the Court: “The defendant told him he knew his wife’s name and some details about his son. The victim then met the defendant in St Mary’s Street and handed over £200, saying he could not withdraw £3,800 because the cash machine would not let him.
“He later went to the bank and withdrew £3,800 and handed it over.”
“Ellis asked for more money and produced the victim’s stolen university card. The academic handed over £2,000 after Ellis claimed he had compromising mobile phone footage.”
Ellis appeared at the academic’s home two months later on June 12 last year. According to the prosecution, “the victim saw the defendant coming up the drive and the victim became unwell and suffered some form of a collapse.
“He told his wife what had happened and the incident was reported to the police.”
Ellis was arrested on October 21 after attempting to hit a college gardener.
Oliver Renton, defending, said Ellis “began consuming cannabis and his family fell apart. He was a young homeless man, penniless and destitute and struggling to come to terms with his sexual identity.
“In that context of chaos he took these opportunities which were presented to him. Money was exchanged after it was explained that Mr Ellis was in a desperate state. The victim took pity on him.”
James Burton – News Editor
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