Belfast man at centre of Royal plot trial
Published 18/04/2008 | 07:39
One of the men at the centre of a Royal blackmail plot is from Northern Ireland, it was revealed last night.
Belfast-born Sean McGuigan, (41) is one of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family for £50,000 over an alleged drugged-up gay sex episode.
McGuigan, whose address was given as The Gate House, Latchmere Road, Battersea, south London, and his co-accused, socialite Ian Strachan (31), are alleged to have made 'an unwarranted demand for £50,000 from a male with menaces' between January 1 and September 12 last year.
Appearing in the dock at the Old Bailey, both men deny the charge.
The trial, being presided over by Mr Justice Cooke opened on Monday and is expected to last four to five weeks.
The junior member of the Royal family, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was not directly involved and is not due to be a witness at the hearing.
In court yesterday it emerged that a personal assistant to the Royal said she had taken a phone call from McGuigan, who relayed details of the ramblings of an aide, who claimed that he had performed a sex act with the Royal on a kitchen floor during a wild party with a Stringfellows stripper.
The aide, who cannot be named but is known as 'D', was filmed by McGuigan and Strachan as he was high on drink and drugs, making 'disparaging' remarks about the Royals.
'D' is said to have claimed a member of the Royal family known as 'A' had carried out a sex act as he was egged on by a 'model and lapdancer' called Cindy.
McGuigan and Strachan are alleged to have hatched the blackmail plot after national newspapers refused to print the claims.
The lawyer said McGuigan made allegations concerning the Royal's business and sex life.
McGuigan allegedly told him he had the only copy of hours' worth of both audio and video material which he controlled.
The trial continues.