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Vic blackmailer still blames victim: court

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A man who admitted blackmailing his friend's daughter after paying her to send him racy pictures of herself for years still thinks she was in the wrong, a court has heard.

Darren Leigh Aitkin, 49, started giving money to the girl when she was 12 but the relationship soured and he began sending her death threats, a court has previously heard.

He has pleaded guilty to blackmail.

The former Queensland resident had wanted to stay with the teen in Brisbane last year and when she refused he said he would kill her and post intimate pictures online, the court previously heard.

In a psychological report tendered to the Victorian County Court he says he wants to apologise to her, but also that she should be honest too.

Judge Felicity Hampel, who was due to sentence Aitkin on Thursday, said she was concerned about his obsession with the girl, to whom he had sent "chilling death threats".

On the one hand, his attitude toward her was `I love you more than anyone else,' on the other, it's, `you're a slut and I want to shame you in front of everyone', Judge Hampel said.

"He's still characterising the victim's behaviour in terms of judgment and blame," Judge Hampel said.

"He's still framing it in terms of what she did wrong."

The victim estimates Aitkin sent her about $10,000 over the years.

She began sending him photos when she was 14.

At first they were normal shots, but he asked her to "send better" and she started sending shots of herself in a bar without a shirt and mini shorts and a bikini, an earlier hearing was told.

At one point the victim was sending him around four pictures a week.

Defence counsel John McLoughlin told the court on Thursday Aitkin's mental state had declined against a backdrop depression and a methylamphetamine addiction.

"He's repeatedly said he's ashamed of where he's ended up," Mr McLoughlin said.

He said Aitkin attached a "sophistication" to the complainant that was inappropriate for a 15, 16 or 17 year old.

"He was close to her parents. He'd known her all his life. He developed a sentimental attachment that evolved into this obsession," Mr McLoughlin said.

Prosecutor Jonathan Manning said there were serious concerns about Aitkin's prospects for rehabilitation.

"He wanted to punish her for tainting their relationship with deception," Mr Manning said.

Aitkin will be sentenced next week.

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