Advertisement

Hampshire woman jailed over blackmail plot

A woman who underwent a sex change has been jailed for six years as part of a conspiracy to blackmail an animal testing company.

Former soldier jailed over blackmail abuse

A Hampshire woman has been imprisoned for six years for blackmailing an animal testing company through explosive devices and desecration of graves.

Debbie Vincent, a former soldier who underwent a sex change, was found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy against Cambridge-based animal testing company.

The blackmail was launched by the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty group against Cambridge-based Huntingdon Life Services.

Michael Bowes QC, prosecuting, told the jury during her trial that the protests targeted HLS, by accusing staff of being paedophiles, sending hoax bombs and damaging people's homes and cars.

It is difficult for a judge to calculate the repugnance felt by society to such appalling acts. Nothing at all could justify such attacks. You express no shred of remorse or condemnation for the incidents of extreme terror and desecration which have been caused. There is not an inkling of understanding the distress those actions must have caused. You could not care less for the pain, distress and loss the conspiracy was causing others."

– Judge Keith Cutler, Winchester Crown Court

More top news