Man convicted of plot to blackmail ex with revenge porn is to undergo psychiatric analysis before sentencing

Luton Magistrates Court
Luton Magistrates Court

A man convicted of attempting to blackmail his ex-partner with revenge porn is to undergo psychological testing before he is sentenced.

Andy Vandenhurk, 40, of Mount Pleasant Road, Luton, beat his ex and was heard to shout “I’m going to kill you” during a frenzied attack on October 13 last year.

Following the row he sent a compromising image of the victim to a neighbour and the victim’s sister– in an attempt to extract £50 out of his former partner.

He has since been convicted of assault by beating, harassment and failing to surrender to court under the terms of his bail.

Appearing at Luton Magistrates Court yesterday, Vandenhurk was told that he would not be sentenced until April 7 to allow time for a psychological report to be conducted.

The court heard that Vandenhurk still denies beating his ex and that he claims the victim made up the attack to “con me to stay in a relationship”.

A probation worker told magistrates that the 40-year-old has previous convictions for racial harassment against a police officer and arson, as well as a warning for battery.

The court heard that Vandenhurk suffers from emotionally unstable personality disorder, anxiety and that he also claims he has
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This was ‘heightened’ in 2011 when he was falsely accused over the murder of his step sister in Holland two decades ago, the probation worker added.

Earlier this month magistrates were told that during the assault on October 13 Vandenhurk’s ex had his head banged against a wall several times, before he was grabbed by the hair and pushed onto a bed.

The attack was only stopped when a neighbour, who overheard Vandenhurk’s death threat, knocked on the front door.

Toby Earnscliffe, prosecuting, told the court that the neighbour found the victim “in a state sobbing uncontrollably on the bed”.

Vandenhurk claimed the victim had made the threat and was being violent.

Magistrates heard that later the same evening Vandenhurk sent a compromising image of the victim to the neighbour and the victim’s sister.

In a text message the victim’s sister told Vandenhurk that she didn’t want to see the image, to which he replied: “Nor does the rest of the world but he owes me £50 and if I do not get it by midnight this will go viral.”

Mr Earnscliffe said: “(The victim) was really quite affected and attempted suicide.”

Vandenhurk has been bailed until the next hearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court on April 7, with strict conditions not to contact either the victim or the neighbour involved in the incident.