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Hamilton trial man admits criminal past
Barry Lehaney
Barry Lehaney was angry at allegations he raped Ms Milroy-Sloan

The man accused of rape by the woman who also made sexual assault allegations against Neil and Christine Hamilton trial has admitted in court to an "extensive criminal record".

Pensioner Barry Lehaney made the admission to a jury at the Old Bailey in London on Wednesday, during his examination by defence counsel Martin Heslop QC.

Mr Lehaney was giving evidence in the trial of Nadine Milroy-Sloan, 29, of Grimsby, Lincolnshire, who denies two offences of perverting the course of justice in May 2001.

Mr Lehaney was accused of rape by the trainee college lecturer, who claimed she was sexually assaulted by two people she was led to believe were the former Tory MP and his wife.

Mr Lehaney said he had convictions for drugs charges after Mr Heslop told the court: "You have got an extensive criminal record and have been to prison on a number of occasions."

Mr Lehaney said he had been sent to prison in 1968, claiming he had been convicted by a corrupt policeman, but denied claims he had lived off immoral earnings.

He also became angry after being accused of raping Ms Milroy-Sloan after giving her a 'date rape' drug, saying the claims were "total rubbish".

Ms Milroy-Sloan has alleged Mr Lehaney raped her after calling in two people she believed were the Hamiltons.

Nadine Milroy-Sloan
Ms Milroy-Sloan denies perverting the course of justice

Mr Lehaney said he had been exchanging e-mails with Ms Milroy-Sloan for six months before they met..

She called herself "Sexy-babe" while he posed as "Lady Joan" and "Foxy Jan".

Mr Lehaney told the court that he also told her that he worked as a chauffeur to "Sir James and Lady Joan Hamilton", fictitious characters.

He said he had first met up with Ms Milroy-Sloan in May 2001 and told her the characters were made up.

He told the court on Tuesday she had believed the pair were the Hamiltons.

The Hamiltons, who have been cleared of sexual assault allegations, will not be appearing in court.

As well as clearing the Hamiltons, police dropped any action against Mr Lehaney.

The trial continues.

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