Mum, 32, threatened to release X-rated video of lawyer who started dating ex

A vengeful mum-of-three attempted to destroy the life of a leading lawyer by threatening her with posting an “intimate video” and drug allegations after she started a relationship with her ex-boyfriend.

Kayleigh Gordon, 32, blackmailed Beth Mantel – a friend of Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater – with alleged footage of her with businessman Richard Buggy.

She claimed that she would release it on social media, while also emailing her Manchester-based law firm to falsely claim that she was taking drugs.

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Victim Ms Mantel told Warrington Magistrates Court this week that she was “embarrassed” about the email – as it was sent to her entire office.

She recalled: “Things were said which were disgusting, false and hurtful.

“The allegations could have ruined my reputation that had taken 10 years to build.

“I had to call my new workplace and tell them that there may be an email and what it would say.

“It was humiliating – I had only worked there for a few weeks and I was worried that they would look at me differently.”

Cheshire-based Gordon pleaded guilty to two charges of sending by a public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message and was ordered to pay Miss Mantel and Mr Buggy £100 each in damages.

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The row stemmed from a party that Mr Buggy took his and Gordon's child to, which Ms Mantel was also in attendance.

Her being there angered Gordon, who then embarked on a campaign of abuse against her.

Gordon told Mr Buggy that she was was in possession of an intimate video involving him and Ms Mantel, which she threatened to post on Facebook.

Simon Green prosecuting said: "I should say that Ms Mantel is a solicitor. Were something like this to be posted it would undoubtedly have an effect on her career."

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Defence lawyer Mark Lever said that Gordon's only mitigation was her immediate guilty plea and that she had demonstrated remorse and an element of contrition.

“It was done with little thought and no concern for the impact on the victim," Mr Lever said.

“Miss Gordon is aware that this is a serious matter and the court will deal with it in such a way. She is a mother of three children, the youngest is five years old, the others are 10 and 11.

"She realises her actions were over the top and she should have behaved very differently. She is very sorry for the way she behaved.”

Gordon was also sentenced to a 12-month community order and a four-week 9pm to 6am curfew.

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She was also made subject a two-year restraining order preventing her from making any contact with Ms Mantel or Mr Buggy, except through Children's Services, a solicitor or someone approved by the family court for the purpose of arranging child contact.

In 2019, Miss Mantel was a passenger in a car being driven by Drinkwater when he ploughed into a car with his Range Rover after they left a chav-themed party at a trendy restaurant in Hale, near Altrincham.

He was subsequently banned from driving for 20 months for drink driving.

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