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Man blackmails teen over racy pics

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016 Melissa Iaria

A man showered his best mate's teenage daughter with cash in exchange for racy photos, but when their friendship soured he threatened to kill her.

The County Court of Victoria heard Darren Leigh Aitkin, 48, saw himself as a father-figure to the girl, whom he described as his "princess".

But when she began to break away, he bought ammunition, threatened to kill her, called her at work saying "bang" or "dead" and posted a collage on Instagram, featuring the victim, a gun firing towards her and the caption, "The Walking Dead".

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", Friday's plea hearing was told.

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

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

However, relations soured when the girl refused to let him stay with her last year in Brisbane.

Rejected and angry, Aitkin began a two-month blackmail campaign, demanding if she didn't phone him to discuss the end of their friendship and repay him $310, he would kill her and post intimate photos of her on social media.

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.

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

The girl feared for her life.

Aitkin later told police he got ammunition to show the girl he was "serious maybe".

"(She) was my princess, she was my daughter who I basically supported, looked after, maybe couldn't let go," he told investigators.

He blamed his "disgusting" behaviour on a $400 a week ice habit and acknowledged his case was so bizarre, "there should be a movie made about it".

Defence barrister John McLoughlin said Aitkin was emotionally immature and his idealised emotional attachment to the victim caused his "attention seeking" behaviour.

Aitkin, formerly of Queensland, pleaded guilty to charges including blackmail and possessing ammunition without a licence.

He will be sentenced in October.

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