Jilted mother-of-three, 32, tried to ruin lawyer love rival, 36, with ‘intimate videos’ lies

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A jilted mother of three tried to ruin the life of her ex’s new lawyer girlfriend after sending emails with false claims she had explicit videos of her, a court was told.

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Kayleigh Gordon, 32, lied she had lewd footage of solicitor Beth Mantel and made up that she was involved in substance misuse.

Gordon – who had previously been out with businessman Richard Buggy – said the video was of him and new love Ms Mantel and banned to share it on social media.

To make matters worse she sent the message to a generic email address and the receptionist forwarded the message to the whole office, Warrington magistrates were told.

Ms Mantel – who is a friend of Chelsea footballer Danny Drinkwater – said the actions had caused ‘substantial distress’ to her and Mr Buggy, 38, a solar panel expert.

In a statement she said she had ‘struggled’ and had been ‘embarrassed’ about the email which had been sent to her former employer as she had recently taken up a new post.

‘Though the message had been sent to a generic email address the receptionist forwarded the message to the whole office,’ she said. ‘Things were said which were disgusting, false and hurtful. The allegations could have ruined my reputation that had taken 10 years to build. ‘

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Miss Mantel said she had been caused sleepless nights and anxiety and added: ‘I had to call my new workplace and tell them that there might be an email and what it would say. It was humiliating. I had only worked there for a few weeks. I was worried that they would look at me differently. ‘

Gordon pleaded guilty to two charges of sending by a public communication network an offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing message and was ordered to pay Miss Mantel and Mr Buggy £ 100 each in damages.

Kayleigh Gordon, 32, admitted two charges of sending an offensive message to a network

Kayleigh Gordon, 32, admitted two charges of sending an offensive message to a network

Kayleigh Gordon, 32, admitted two charges of sending an offensive message to a network

Gordon lied she had explicit video of lawyer Beth Mantel, pictured, and lover Richard Buggy

Gordon lied she had explicit video of lawyer Beth Mantel, pictured, and lover Richard Buggy

Gordon lied she had explicit video of lawyer Beth Mantel, pictured, and lover Richard Buggy

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy in happier times before their relationship had ended

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy in happier times before their relationship had ended

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy in happier times before their relationship had ended

Simon Green prosecuting said: ‘The defendant and one of the complainants, Mr Buggy, are ex-partners and they share a child. Mr Buggy is currently in a relationship with the other complainant.

‘Mr Buggy took the child that he and the defendant share to a party in Manchester. That party was one being held by Ms Mantel’s friend.

‘After the party, he returns their son to the defendant. He then goes back to Manchester and on the way he receives a telephone call from the defendant.

‘She asks about the party and if Ms Mantel was there. She then begins to become abusive and sends a number of abusive and threatening messages regarding his relationship with Ms Mantel and what she intends to do with Ms Mantel and her employer.

‘A threat was made to Mr Buggy that she was in possession of an intimate video involving Ms Mantel and Mr Buggy that she would post on Facebook.

‘I should say that Ms Mantel is a solicitor. Were something like this to be posted it would undoubtedly have an effect on her career.

Gordon lied about a video involving Ms Mantel and Mr Buggy that she would post on Facebook

Gordon lied about a video involving Ms Mantel and Mr Buggy that she would post on Facebook

Gordon lied about a video involving Ms Mantel and Mr Buggy that she would post on Facebook

Pictured outside Warrington magistrates court is Kayleigh Gordon enjoying a puff on her vape

Pictured outside Warrington magistrates court is Kayleigh Gordon enjoying a puff on her vape

Pictured outside Warrington magistrates court is Kayleigh Gordon enjoying a puff on her vape

‘With regards to Ms Mantel, the defendant sent an email to Ms Mantel’s workplace.

‘It was sent to a generic email box. I won’t go through the content but to paraphrase, it alleged that Ms Mantle has been involved in substance abuse.

‘It refers to the nature of the intimate video and encourages the lawyers to take action against Ms Mantel.

‘Ending the email, she leaves the number of an insolvency agency and the email as well for that company.’

‘Threats were made and there was a threat to disclose a video of an intimate nature. It caused substantial distress to both parties but particularly to Ms Mantel. She was scared of not just losing her employment but ending her career over the claims being made by the defendant in the email. ‘

Mr Green read from Ms Mantel’s victim impact statement which told of matters caused by Gordon around access to Mr Buggy’s son had put a ‘huge strain’ on her relationship with him. She said it was being dealt with by the family court and would only make them stronger.

Criminal defense lawyer Beth Mantel said in court the lies about her had affected her badly

Criminal defense lawyer Beth Mantel said in court the lies about her had affected her badly

Criminal defense lawyer Beth Mantel said in court the lies about her had affected her badly

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy before they split and she targeted his new girlfriend

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy before they split and she targeted his new girlfriend

Kayleigh Gordon with Richard Buggy before they split and she targeted his new girlfriend

It was only the third time she had seen his son, she said, and they were taking him to a friend’s child’s first-year birthday party for which she had bought him a new outfit.

‘All I had done was try to make sure their child had a nice day,’ she said.

In mitigation defense lawyer Mark Lever said that Gordon’s only mitigation was her immediate guilty plea but that she had demonstrated remorse and an element of contrition.

‘It was done with little thought and no concern for the impact on the victim,’ Mr Lever said, ‘Miss Gordon is aware that this is a serious matter and the court will deal with it in such a way. She is a mother of three children, the youngest is five years old, the others are 10 and 11.

‘She realizes her actions were over the top and she should have behaved very differently.

‘The pre-sentence report seems to be positive and she shows some insight. She understands the impact her actions could have had on the lady’s career and job. She is very sorry for the way she behaved. ‘

Sentencing District Judge Jack McGarva told Gordon: ‘In the background of this case is a family dispute. To send the message to Ms Mantle’s employer is unforgivable. You need to reflect how you would feel if the same thing happened to you.

‘The pre-sentence report is a bit of a mixed bag if I am honest. You show some insight into some issues, but it is also apparent that you did try to justify your behavior by making further claims about Mr Buggy which does not reflect good on you. ‘

Gordon was also sentenced to a 12-month community order and a four-week 9pm to 6am curfew. She was also made subject to a two-year restraining order preventing her from making any contact with Ms Mantel or Mr Buggy, except through Children Services, a solicitor or someone approved by the family court for the purpose of arranging child contact.

In 2019 Miss Mantel was a passenger in a car being driven by Drinkwater when he ploughed into a car with his Range Rover after they left a chav-themed party at a trendy restaurant in Hale, near Altrincham. He was subsequently banned from driving for 20 months for drinking driving.

According to her LinkedIn page, Miss Mantel who used to work for top Manchester law firm Draycott Browne is a team leader for the ‘complex crime’ department at Reeds in Manchester and has defended clients accused of murder and robbery.

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