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16:52 Thursday 10 September 2009 

COURT UPDATE: Blackmail case verdict

A dominatrix has walked free from court today after being cleared of involvement in a plot to blackmail a doctor for £20,000.
 
Marion Burton, 50, of Maple Crescent, Slough, hid her face and wept silently as the foreman of the jury read out a not guilty verdict at Reading Crown Court.
 
Mrs Burton had denied setting a ‘honey trap’ for the doctor, with the prosecution claiming she lured him into performing sex acts at his surgery and then blackmailed him in exchange for her silence.
 
The jury of eight women and four men retired yesterday afternoon but took less than three hours to reach the unanimous verdict.  Their decision prompted shouts of 'yes' from Mrs Burton's supporters in the gallery.
 
The court had heard how the mother-of-one secretly video-taped the doctor with a hidden camera on October 18, but the jury believed her defence that she never intended to use it for blackmail and instead wanted to expose the doctor's bad character.
 
"I'm really happy, I knew I hadn't done anything wrong," she said. "I just wanted to do the right thing and everything, my house, was taken away from me. 
 "I couldn't believe the things that were said about me in court.”
 
Mrs Burton, who worked as a professional dominatrix, said she planned to get her life back together and was looking forward to seeing her dogs Buddy and Tyson and having a big glass of milk to celebrate her freedom in a local pub.

Her husband, Terry Burton, admitted a charge of blackmail during an earlier hearing and will be sentenced at a later date.
 
Mrs Burton, formerly of Wargrave Road in Twyford, said the ordeal had been 'awful' but was looking to a fresh start – and also vowed to stand by her husband.
 
During the trial the doctor, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, admitted a sexual encounter with Mrs Burton on October 18 and one previous occasion. He said she had 'encouraged him'.

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