Teenager ‘extorted Dundee United owner Stephen Thompson’

Dundeer Sheriff Court.
Dundeer Sheriff Court.
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A teenager is to stand trial accused of extorting hundreds of pounds from Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson by threatening to “expose his infidelity to the media and his family”.

Aisling Ironside is alleged to have carried out the crime over the course of five days in November last year at Thompson’s home in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, and other addresses.

Prosecutors say that Ironside, “with the intention of menacing Stephen Thompson and putting him in a state of alarm” demanded POUNDS 550 in cash from him.

It is alleged she did that by putting him in “apprehension of public humiliation and personal reputiatonal harm” if he did not hand over the cash.

Ironside is said to have “threatened to expose his infidelity to the media and family members and did extort POUNDS 550 in money from Stephen Thompson by threats”.

Ironside, 19, of Nellfield Place, Aberdeen, did not appear in person at Dundee Sheriff Court to face a single charge of extortion.

Mr Thompson was also not present for the brief hearing.

Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair asked that the case be continued without plea for three weeks for court papers to be personally served on Ironside.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio continued the case until a date in September.