After a court heard that Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard ‘threw first punch’, ex policeman Helen Jones is facing jail as she used the CCTV footage obtained to blackmail Steven Gerrard.
Helen Jones obtained footage of the row involving Gerrard, by “flashing her warrant card” to the boss of a Formby bank in August last year.
Jones, 33, admitted misconduct in a public office at a previous hearing.
Preston Crown Court heard that after the CCTV was obtained by Jones Gerrard faced “demands and threats” for money.
Jones was off-duty and on a career break from Merseyside Police when she got the footage of the fight, which broke out between men in a bar in Formby and spilled out on to the street.
Following his testimonial in August 2013 against Olympiakos, Gerrard and friends partied in Liverpool, but a row with another group spilled out onto the street.
Gerrard acted as mediator, but began to receive direct threats and demands from Paul Lloyd, a man involved in the argument.
Jones claimed she was only helping a “friend of a friend”, who had been assaulted in the incident.
However, Judge Stuart Baker did not accept this and said the defendant got the footage for “base motives” and described her as a “practised and persistent liar”.
The court heard businessman Paul Lloyd, 35, who was involved in the incident, issued Gerrard with cash demands and claimed money had been offered by the press for the footage.
Mr Lloyd claimed Gerrard “threw the first punch” but the prosecution said the footballer was acting as a peacemaker.
Jones, who has since resigned from Merseyside Police, was bailed until sentencing on 9 January but was warned there is a high likelihood she will be jailed.
Lloyd claimed that the Liverpool captain had punched him along with several others. He said ““It showed me on my own assaulted by 12 people and Steven Gerrard being aggressive and throwing the first punch, and all his friends thought it was right for me to be kicked and punched for four minutes.”