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  • 26 February 2013, 17:12

Tamara Ecclestone's Ex Jailed Over Plot

The former boyfriend of socialite and model Tamara Ecclestone has been jailed for four years after trying to blackmail her for £200,000.

Derek Rose, who dated the daughter of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone in 2002, had threatened to reveal intimate details about their relationship.

An email sent to Ms Ecclestone's manager in November 2011 suggested the 33-year-old had been offered £200,000 to sell his story to the press.

It talked about the possibility of a "non-release fee" and a confidentiality contract - but no newspaper had actually made any offer.

Southwark Crown Court judge Andrew Goymer told Rose: "It was nothing more than a cynical and greedy attempt to extract a large sum of money.

"No doubt you thought that £200,000, which is a large sum to most people, would be small change to somebody with the amount of money that she and her family are reputed to have.

"You also thought that for this reason they would readily part with it to buy your silence. She did not do this."

Rose, from Camden, north London, dated Ms Ecclestone when she was 17 before changing his name by deed poll from Jonathan Ketterman.

The email in 2011 was sent after the socialite had starred in Billion Dollar Girl, a reality TV show exploring her life as an heiress, and after she had featured in charity campaigns.

The court heard the message had "pernicious" implications and had been sent to elicit money from Ms Ecclestone, 28.

It claimed Rose had been asked by television shows, radio programmes and a major tabloid to talk about their relationship.

The judge said Rose's relationship with Ms Ecclestone had ended acrimoniously and left him feeling "extremely hurt".

The court heard during the trial how he sold a story about his ex to the Daily Mail for £10,000 in the year of the break-up.

But the former couple had not been in contact for almost a decade before the blackmail attempt.

Ms Ecclestone's lawyer Charlotte Harris said: "Tamara Ecclestone is relieved that Judge Goymer has acknowledged, in his sentencing of Derek Rose, the serious nature of blackmail and the need to deter others from attempting to commit similar offences.

"Ms Ecclestone was content to waive her anonymity in giving evidence because she strongly believes that all people have a right to be protected from such cynical and vicious behaviour. The sentence of four years is welcomed."

The jury failed to reach a verdict on Rose's co-accused Jakir Uddin, 20, of Old Walsall Road, Birmingham, and the prosecution is considering whether to seek a retrial.

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