You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Jail over 'chilling' death threats to girl

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A Victorian man has been jailed over a "chilling" blackmail campaign against his friend's daughter, whom he paid for years in exchange for racy pictures.

An obsessive Darren Leigh Aitkin regularly threatened to kill the girl during a hate-filled barrage of abuse that spanned two months.

He called the teenager at work, saying "bang" or "dead" when she answered, and threatened to post intimate photos of her online if she didn't apologise, discuss their relationship and repay him.

The 49-year-old has been sentenced to five and a half years' jail, with a non-parole period of three and a half.

"You subjected this young woman, or child as she legally was, to a terrifying campaign of death threats and personal and sexual denigration," Victorian County Court Judge Felicity Hampel said on Thursday.

Aitkin had been giving the girl money from when she 12 to buy credit on her phone, but by the time she was 14, he was asking her to send him photos of herself.

At first they were normal shots, but she began sending pictures of her wearing a bra without a shirt, mini shorts and a bikini when he asked her to "send better".

By the end of 2014, Aitkin was transferring the girl cash in direct response to photos she'd send.

The victim estimated she would send about four photos a week, and over the years had received about $10,000 from Aitkin.

Relations soured when the girl refused to let him stay with her last year.

Aitkin had also become jealous of the girl's relationship with her boyfriend, Judge Hampel said.

He bombarded the girl and those who knew her with threatening messages via text and on social media, including from fake accounts he had set up.

Aitkin also sent a text to the victim stating "friends til the end", with a photo of his hand holding two bullets.

After his arrest, Aitkin told police he loved his "princess" more than anyone, but also called her a "money-hungry little bitch" and slut.

The court heard he had been abusing alcohol and the drug ice at the time of the offending.

He maintained he had no sexual interest in the girl, or other children.

Aitkin pleaded guilty to blackmail and possessing ammunition, for which he was fined $500.

He has already served about 230 days in pre-sentence custody.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon