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A Rogue's Gallery
IAN STRACHAN was jailed for blackmailing a member of the Royal Family over allegations of a sex and drugs ‘scandal’. But a media blackout ensured that little of the substance of the case was reported.
Jason O'Toole, 06 May 2009
So, you’re saying this was revenge?
Correct. We were hoping that the material we initially set out to gain would have this person sacked from his employment.
According to the statement made to the police by the Royal ‘aide’, it appears that you had a relationship with him?No (laughs), no, no. That was absolutely ridiculous.
He says you had left him a note saying that you “still loved and care for” him.
He never gave evidence in the trial, you know? I don’t know where that’s coming from.
This is a witness statement...
His witness statement? That was never actually part of the trial. That was never up in the trial and, actually, that whole statement was rubbished. He made several statements and each one was different and every single thing that he said we rubbished – he was trying to cover himself.
Who’s idea was it to make these recordings – yours or McGuigan’s?
It was a mutual agreement. First of all, we just got the guy snorting cocaine and stuff like that. It was just a bit of a giggle. We couldn’t actually believe we were doing it. We were just seeing what we could get away with.
I can’t believe they’d do drugs in front of you and then do some sex acts. It sounds like something out of a far-fetched movie.
Definitely (laughs). This was at a party – the Charlie was out on the coffee table and these people were sniffing away. With the rest of the tape, a lot of it happened when we weren’t there, if you get what I’m saying?! So, we weren’t actually in the vicinity at the time. We weren’t like standing over people with our phones out!
Some newspapers reported that the footage was recorded on phones?
It was just inaccurate reporting. We had a substantial amount of DVD-quality video material. Initially, it started off with mobile phone footage and audio recorders and then we progressed by using a surveillance company to get us a few cameras.
You’re basically saying the camera was hidden in the room?