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Businessman was blackmail target

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: March 20, 2009

TARGET: Richard Bateman, pictured, went to the police when Michael Randle demanded the financial adviser pay him £35,000

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A 52-YEAR-OLD man has pleaded guilty to blackmailing a prominent businessman.

Michael Randle of Barras Cross, Liskeard, pleaded guilty to trying to extort £35,000 from Richard Bateman, who runs Bateman Financial Management in the town.

Police received a report from Mr Bateman alleging that an unknown man had telephoned and made threats towards Mr Bateman's family if his demands for money were not met.

Police had previously confirmed that the threats made against the businessman's family were "direct".

Randle, who appeared in the dock looking haggard and wearing a suit and open-necked shirt, pleaded guilty to one count of making an unwarranted demand with menaces for £35,000.

The prosecution did not officially open the case yesterday at Truro Crown Court but when asked by Judge Graham Cottle why Randle had picked on Mr Bateman, defence barrister Barrie Van den Berg said it remained unclear.

"He woke up one morning and just did it", he said.

Mr Van den Berg said Randle's father used to work for Mr Bateman as a gardener.

Judge Cottle ordered Randle to be remanded in custody and warned the defendant: "This is a serious offence with an overwhelming likelihood of a custodial sentence."

The case was adjourned until April 17 for the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

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  • JemmaBateman  |  December 05 2012, 7:50PM

    The gardener threatened to kidnap Richard's son to gain a 35K payment for his safe return but this could have been about unfair sacking the gardener knew too much of what his employer was doing . I have a whole list of actions sales and attitudes that have been sent to FSA and HMRC Richard Bateman is a very crafty man who se favourite phrase amongst many is "Where do you see yourself in say 10 years time" "Where between 20 and 50 pounds a week would you want to make that happen?" Oh thanks Anton for subverting your sales through your own Delabowl agency while working for me Seeing as how I have stopped all commissions to associates before they found out that I wasnt going to return their earnings without a fight." "Yes I do know that I bought my Castle in Menheniot with their stolen earnings and hired a very unqualified accountant to do my books so I could EVADE as much tax as humanly possible.

  • JemmaBateman  |  December 05 2012, 7:40PM

    In 1983 I worked for an IFA named Richard L Bateman in Bodmin Cornwall. His business was and still remains selling Life Pensions and Investments to mostly Cornish and some Dervonian private clients. He did not employ us 4 associates. There was no written agreement or contract. It was understood that we would sell £3000 worth of commission sales before receiving a penny in income. The associates apart from myself were Anton Packheiser ( running his own IFA business in Delabole Cornwall, Roger Wilmot (3 years in jail for fraud now living in Canada under the name of Roger Love) and Nigel Saunders We all resigned in 1986 because Bateman stopped paying us what we were owed in sales commissions. A new associate named Mal Peers who ran a tea shop in Tintagel Cornwall advised me that he never received any payments especially partial payments from sales I had agreed to split with him (his clients) After leaving Bateman Financial Services I contacted 2 solicitors the first got nowhere but the second was a client of Bateman and obtained a few payments from him after a spat or two. Bateman moved his business from Bodmin to a tiny hamlet called Menheniot

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    P, Plymouth  |  March 22 2009, 4:01PM

    Norfolk, this is a picture of Richard Bateman, and Hoof I agree totally with u, we should be naming (inc picture) an shaming the accused not the victim!

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    Norfolk & Chance, Upton Cross  |  March 22 2009, 1:58PM

    Who knows who the victim is and who the accused is? Who is to say whose pictures has been displayed? The case never got to the evidence stage as a plea of guilty was entered. This prevents public disclosure of the facts. You don¿t have to be Sherlock Holmes to read a deeper meaning into the reporter¿s pre-penultimate sentence.

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    Hoof Hearted, Bateman's Barn  |  March 22 2009, 11:55AM

    Why is the victim pictured and not the accused? We don't know what he's been blackmailed for, but it's hardly going to encourage similar victims to go to the police if they end up being named. There should be anonymity.

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    Mick, Barbican  |  March 21 2009, 9:36PM

    Quote-"made threats if his demands for money were not met" Sounds like a typical day down the dole office