Two teenagers have been jailed for ten years for blackmailing a Pickering man which led to him taking his own life.
Police investigating the death of Graham Cooper, 59, who had been found dead at his home on January 8, discovered documents revealing how he had been threatened by the pair who had demanded money from him.
The blackmailers found out about a personal matter and threatened to share the details unless Mr Cooper, who was the only carer for his father, gave them £6,000.
North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation and arrested Aysha Mullah aged 18, and Javed Ali, aged 19, two days later.
They were later charged with blackmail.
Mullah, of Olive Street, Bolton, and Ali, of Foxley Grove, Bolton, were each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment when they appeared before York Crown Court on Wednesday, March 5.
Officers investigating the blackmail plot described it as a “cold, calculated and callous act by both offenders against a retired gentleman who had done nothing to provoke such action.”