Scorned mistress is spared jail for threatening to expose her married businessman lover unless he paid her $150k – after he ‘ghosted’ her when she discovered he had a wife and kids
- Rachel Roche, from west Perth, had relationship with married businessman
- She did not know he was married, after she confronted him he ghosted her
- Feeling ‘betrayed’ she demanded $150,000 to keep quiet about the affair
- Roche threatened to tell his wife and colleagues about affair if he didn’t pay
The ex-lover of a married businessman threatened to expose their affair if he did not pay her $150,000 after he ‘ghosted’ her.
Real estate agent Rachel Roche, 40, met the man, whose identity has been suppressed, on the dating site SeekingArrangements in 2019.
The pair then met up on multiple occasions but during their rendezvous he failed to mention he had a wife and children.
Roche discovered he was married when she saw a photo of him with a public figure on social media. In the picture he was wearing a wedding ring.
When she confronted the man he told her he was going to leave his wife, The West Australian reported.
Roche’s defence lawyer Barrister Linda Black told Perth’s District Court her client had ‘stupidly believed’ he would leave his wife but he then cut off all contact with her.
Feeling ‘betrayed and devastated’, Roche sent him nine emails demanding he pay her $150,000 in cash or she would tell his wife and business associates about the affair.
Real estate agent Rachel Roche, 40, met the man, whose identity has been suppressed, on the dating site SeekingArrangements in 2019
Roche, 40, felt ‘betrayed’ when her unnamed lover, a married Perth businessman, cut contact after she confronted him about being married
She then asked for $50,000 a day if her demand was not met by a certain date.
‘She went through a phase of being furious with him, wanting to punish him,’ Ms Black said.
She also thought he had given her a sexually transmitted infection – but later found out he did not.
The man reported the incident to Western Australian police, who charged Roche with extortion.
She pleaded guilty a month before the trial was set to begin.
Prosecutor George Brett said her actions were in part driven by ‘spite, vindictiveness and greed’.
Ms Black said her client accepted her actions were ‘utterly wrong and unlawful’ but added the man should accept some responsibility for being unfaithful to his wife and hiding his marital status.
She added Roche believed the man had agreed to help her buy a home – a claim his legal team disputed in court.
The pair met on the dating website seekingarrangements.com.au in 2019 and Roche believed him to be single
In his victim impact statement the man said Roche’s actions had impacted his wife and children, and also cost him thousands in legal fees.
Judge Fiona Vernon accepted Roche was in a state of ‘anger and distress’ but said this did not excuse her behaviour.
She did say she believed Roche had gained insight into her actions and was a low risk of reoffending.
Judge Vernon said handed Roche a suspended 18 month sentence, on the understanding that should Roche commit a further crime she could serve jail time.