Page last updated at 13:42 GMT, Friday, 17 April 2009 14:42 UK

Ex-royal Pc 'made death threats'

Laura and Paul Page
Paul and Laura Page deny all the charges against them

A former royal protection officer and his wife shouted death threats at a childhood friend for "betraying" them over a £3m fraud, a court has heard.

Paul Page allegedly lived a life of luxury conning colleagues and friends in a spread betting and property scam.

Douglas Day QC, prosecuting, told Southwark Crown Court that Mr Page stormed round to see Fahim Baree after learning he had spoken to police.

Mr Page, 38, and wife Laura, 42, from Essex, deny all charges against them.

The father of five has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraudulent trading, intimidation, threatening to take revenge and making a threat to kill.

Ms Page denies "being concerned in an arrangement facilitating dealings with criminal property", intimidation and making a threat to kill.

'Death threats'

Mr Day told the court: "He [Mr Page] was angry. He considered his close friend had betrayed him."

The barrister said Mr Page first pushed Mr Baree up against the wall of his house shouting "I know what you did, basically you're dead", before telling Mr Baree's brother: "If he talks to my solicitor, we'll pretend like tonight's never happened."

When Mr Page became aware of the DPS investigation, he tried to persuade unpaid creditors to say nothing to the investigating officer
Douglas Day QC, prosecuting

Mr Day said Mr Page, who "smelt strong of alcohol", then returned to his car as Ms Page allegedly leaned out and said: "He's dead, tell him he's dead."

Jurors have been told the former Buckingham Palace-based constable turned to crime after his "Currency Club" spread-betting operation, which he ran on the side for fellow royal protection officers, spiralled into debt.

Mr Day said Mr Page set himself up as a property developer and the money started to flood in despite the operation being "bogus" from start to finish.

He said some of those involved, including Mr Baree, complained to police and gave statements to the Metropolitan Police's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).

"When Mr Page became aware of the DPS investigation, he tried to persuade unpaid creditors to say nothing to the investigating officers," said Mr Day.

The case continues.



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