Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Northern Ireland student who blackmailed teacher to spend Christmas behind bars

Amie Danby  tried to extort £15,000 from the woman teacher
Amie Danby tried to extort £15,000 from the woman teacher
Amie Danby leaves Downpatrick Courthouse
Amie Danby leaves Downpatrick Courthouse

A student who blackmailed a teacher and hacked into her Twitter account will spend Christmas in jail.

Amie Danby tried to extort £15,000 from the woman teacher, a court has heard.

The 19-year-old from Holywood was due to be sentenced by Judge Piers Grant at Downpatrick Crown Court on Tuesday having pleaded guilty to blackmailing a female teacher on dates between April and May this year.

But instead the judge was told how she had been arrested by police the night before for breaching her bail. He described her behaviour as “extremely foolish”.

Danby, from West Link, will now spend Christmas behind bars and will be psychiatrically examined before she is sentenced in the New Year.

The court has previously heard how the former college student, who got three A grades on her A-levels, threatened violence against her victim if she did not hand over the cash as ordered.

It is understood that having hacked into her victim’s Twitter account, Danby bombarded her with messages but their content is not known.

Danby says on her Facebook profile that she works part time at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby.

The teen wrote how she needed three grade B results to get a university place for a business studies degree.

“I needed 3Bs to get into Jordanstown to do Business Studies so im happy with my results.

“My family is here and I have a job, so I didnt want to go away.”

Her school principal had previously commended Danby and other pupils who earned top results saying they “have been dedicated and self disciplined throughout the two years and in addition have made an invaluable contribution to the life of the school, as peer mentors, volunteers and ambassadors”.

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