Blackmailing trial

Trial for man accused of blackmailing lawyer

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of an Auckland man who is accused of blackmailing his lawyer.

Paul Desmond Currie, 45, faces one charge of blackmail after he allegedly threatened to expose his lawyer when he lost $200,000 in a divorce settlement.

Between October 3 2006 and November 13 2006, Currie is accused of threatening to disclose information about the lawyer, including that he was in a relationship with a prostitute and took the class A drug methamphetamine.

The Auckland lawyer's identity is suppressed.

A jury of eight women and four men were sworn in for the trial this morning, which is expected to last until the end of the week.

Crown prosecutor Nick Flanagan is expected to begin his opening address later on this morning.

(Published by The NZ Herald – August 3, 2010)

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