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Married counsellor paid secret lover £23k when he blackmailed her by threatening to reveal affair

A drugs counsellor paid her secret lover £23,000 when he threatened to reveal their affair to her husband, a court heard today.

The therapist met Peter Thompson, 49, while she was taking a course in Bromley, south London.

Thompson soon began asking the woman for cash to pay bills and rent after their relationship began, the Old Bailey heard

At first the mother-of-three was happy to oblige but Thompson began to bully her by threatening to reveal their illicit romance to her husband, prosecutors claim.

Terence Woods, prosecuting said, the woman who is not being named for legal reasons, was a married woman in 2016.

But she became involved in a relationship with Thompson in March or April of 2017.

Mr Woods said: 'This was a relationship where he took advantage of her feelings for him and extracted from her very significant sums of money.

'At first perhaps by way of manipulation but thereafter with menaces and threatening her that if she did not he was going to tell her husband about the affair.

'In about January 2018 he asked her to leave her husband and she declined and indicated that she want to end the relationship.

'On or about that time he had said to her that he was going to return some of the money that she had given to him.'

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