Five years in prison for pair who blackmailed Pickering man who went on to take own life

The Northern Echo: Aysha Mullah Aysha Mullah

TWO people have been jailed after blackmailing a North Yorkshire man who went on to take his own life.

Graham Cooper, 59, was found dead at his home in Pickering on January 8.

Officers investigating his death found documents detailing how he had been threatened by people who had demanded money from him.

North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation and arrested Aysha Mullah aged 18, and Javed Ali, aged 19, on January 10. They were later charged with blackmail.

Mullah, of Olive Street, Bolton, and Ali, of Foxley Grove, Bolton, were each sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty when they appeared before York Crown Court on Wednesday.

Detective Inspector Darrin Knight, of North Yorkshire Police said: "This was a cold, calculated and callous act by both offenders against a retired gentleman who had done nothing to provoke such action.

"The sentences for both defendants clearly reflects the serious nature of their crime and were only mitigated by the fact that they made early guilty pleas.

"The victim was the sole care provider for his elderly father and their guilty pleas spared him from the trauma of a full trial."

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10:20pm Fri 7 Mar 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

And the real truth is ?
And the real truth is ? NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 9

10:44pm Fri 7 Mar 14

behonest says...

It's so sad that Yorkshire people can turn on their own in this way.
It's so sad that Yorkshire people can turn on their own in this way. behonest
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10:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

darloboss says...

when was bolton ever in yorkshire ??
when was bolton ever in yorkshire ?? darloboss
  • Score: 5

11:02pm Fri 7 Mar 14

behonest says...

darloboss wrote:
when was bolton ever in yorkshire ??
Oops! You got me. Okay, it's so sad that Northerners can turn on their own in this way!
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: when was bolton ever in yorkshire ??[/p][/quote]Oops! You got me. Okay, it's so sad that Northerners can turn on their own in this way! behonest
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Boltonistan!!
Boltonistan!! Jackaranda
  • Score: -1

12:13pm Sun 9 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Have their British passports and national insurance status been checked. ? Are these Boni-Fide ?. It not, Why not ?.
Have their British passports and national insurance status been checked. ? Are these Boni-Fide ?. It not, Why not ?. cushybutterfield
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12:14pm Sun 9 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Have British Tax authorities rechecked ALL records of these two.? If not again Why not ?.
Have British Tax authorities rechecked ALL records of these two.? If not again Why not ?. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -2

3:56pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Tregeor says...

"The victim was the sole care provider for his elderly father and their guilty pleas spared him from the trauma of a full trial."

No, their guilty plea means they get a 50% reduction in their sentence. So they'll both be out in 2 1/2 years, a pathetic sentence for the horrible offence.
"The victim was the sole care provider for his elderly father and their guilty pleas spared him from the trauma of a full trial." No, their guilty plea means they get a 50% reduction in their sentence. So they'll both be out in 2 1/2 years, a pathetic sentence for the horrible offence. Tregeor
  • Score: 1

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