Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Man admits Coleen Rooney blackmail

Coleen Rooney, pictured with husband Wayne, lost her mobile phone at the MEN Arena
Coleen Rooney, pictured with husband Wayne, lost her mobile phone at the MEN Arena
Steven Malcolm has denied the charges against him
Jennifer Green has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her

A man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing Coleen Rooney.

Lee Platt, 28, pleaded guilty to blackmailing the wife of Manchester United and England footballer Wayne Rooney at Manchester Crown Court.

Platt, from Manchester, also entered a guilty plea to handling stolen goods.

He was arrested after the striker's celebrity wife lost her mobile phone at a concert at the MEN Arena in Manchester in May.

The phone apparently contained family snaps of the couple's son taken on the phone camera.

Mrs Rooney was allegedly later contacted with a request for money to have the phone returned.

Jennifer Green, 25, and Steven Malcolm, 42, also from Manchester, have entered not guilty pleas to the same charges.

The case was adjourned and a trial date was fixed for December 12 at Manchester Crown Court.

Green and Malcolm were granted bail.

Platt, who is in custody, will be sentenced after the trial.

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