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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:06 pm 
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Man sentenced for using sexual recordings as blackmail
1 Nov, 2018 9:21am
By: Melissa Nightingale
NZ Herald reporter based in Wellington


A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced for a "very perplexing" case in which he had sexual contact with another man then blackmailed him with video recordings.

Duncan Mackenzie Campbell, 44, was living as a transgender woman in September 2016 when he met the victim on a dating and fetish website, Judge Ian Mill said in the Wellington District Court this morning.

Campbell has earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail and appeared this morning for sentencing.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

"You invited the victim to meet at your home. That occurred and sexual activity was engaged in," Judge Mill said.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/arti ... d=12152555


I worked closely with Duncan for about eighteen Months, driving him to work and back for most of that time. I would never have guessed he had said yes to the dress, let alone the blackmail.....

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:06 am 
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In North Lopham, Norfolk, UK, this house is for sale for 490,000 British pounds. It's been on the market since last April but it's not selling... possibly because of the graveyard in the front garden.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:34 pm 
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Man sentenced for using sexual recordings as blackmail
1 Nov, 2018 9:21am
By: Melissa Nightingale
NZ Herald reporter based in Wellington


A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced for a "very perplexing" case in which he had sexual contact with another man then blackmailed him with video recordings.

Duncan Mackenzie Campbell, 44, was living as a transgender woman in September 2016 when he met the victim on a dating and fetish website, Judge Ian Mill said in the Wellington District Court this morning.

Campbell has earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail and appeared this morning for sentencing.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

"You invited the victim to meet at your home. That occurred and sexual activity was engaged in," Judge Mill said.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/arti ... d=12152555


I worked closely with Duncan for about eighteen Months, driving him to work and back for most of that time. I would never have guessed he had said yes to the dress, let alone the blackmail.....

Shite that was a bit close to home :smoke:


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In local a cement truck broke down a few blocks from here - causing all the cement to pour out and the truck getting stuck in the cement it was transporting.

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Lean, mean, grass-cutting machine: Honda breaks record for fastest lawnmower acceleration
Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY Published 11:58 a.m. ET June 11, 2019

Look out lawn care lovers, there’s a new mower on the block.

And it’s really, really fast.

Honda’s new Mean Mower V2 broke the Guinness World Record for a lawnmower to go from zero to 100 mph, with a time of 6.29 seconds. At top speed, the mower can reach 150.99 mph, according to Honda.

For perspective, the average riding lawnmower travels at 5 to 6 mph, says Davis Adams, a spokesman for Honda. At a light jog, your push mower might reach 3 to 4 mph.
The record-breaking happened at the Dekra Lausitzring racetrack near Dresden, Germany on May 6.

The record-breaking happened at the Dekra Lausitzring racetrack near Dresden, Germany on May 6. (Photo: Honda)

The record was set May 7 at the Dekra Lausitzring, a race track near Dresden, Germany, with an experienced racer and stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, in the driver’s seat.

To meet the Guinness World Records qualifications, the mower had to record the same run in both directions within an hour, with the average acceleration of the two runs taken as the official time.

Honda also had to ensure the mower had grass-cutting capabilities and still “looked” like a functional lawnmower, Adams says.

Adams said the Mean Mower V2 is not commercially available to lawn aficionados hoping to cut their own grass at record speeds.

Unveiled in summer 2018, the Mean Mower V2 set out to build on the original Mean Mower’s success, which became the world’s fastest lawnmower in 2014 when it hit a speed of 116.87 mph. Since then, Honda and Team Dynamics, a British Touring Car Championship partner, used computer-aided design, bespoke parts and 3D printing to create the newest version.

Powering the Mean Mower V2 is the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, also made by Honda. The engine produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.

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New trend among Japanese is to rent cars - but not drive them
08:42, July 8th, 2019

Perplexed at why many of their rental cars were not racking up any mileage, Japanese rental firms were taken aback to discover that many of their customers are using them as a quiet place to escape from the pressures of daily life.

Instead of using the car they have booked to get from point A to point B, many customers just want a private space for an hour or so, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Orix Auto Corp and Times24 Co, two of Japan's largest rental car firms, realised last summer that as many as one in eight of their hire cars were not actually travelling anywhere after being reserved and paid for.

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The ubiquitous Toyota Corolla may be the world's most well-known rental car. Which also means they are probably being used for naps, as storage lockers and offices in Japan.

A survey of users showed that some were booking a car so they could have a nap during their lunch break, away from the disapproving scrutiny of their bosses.

One businessman admitted that he preferred to work from the car and would set up an "office" in the front seat. Another user left bags in a car when he could not find a coin locker in a railway station and needed to leave his luggage somewhere.

One harassed man said he hired a car so he could sit and eat his packed lunch in peace as he could not find anywhere else to sit.

Most of the non-driving car users said they chose to hire a vehicle because they were comfortable and cheap - a mere Y400 (NZ$5.50) for 30 minutes - and available 24 hours a day, while even small railway stations now have unmanned rental car parking areas where anyone can reserve and pay for a vehicle through their mobile phone.

A similar study by NTT Docomo, which also operates a car hire service, found that while most people who did not drive anywhere were using the vehicles for a nap, others also wanted to use them as a place to meet friends for a chat or as a quiet place to watch television.

More one-off reasons included to get changed to attend a Halloween party, to practice karaoke, for an English-language class and even to do facial stretches in private, NTT said.


The Telegraph, London

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/114011 ... drive-them

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