Osgodby farmer Nigel Wright jailed for 14 years

Osgodby farmer, Nigel Wright, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for a plot against Tesco - in which he planted shards of metal in baby food as part of a lengthy blackmail campaign.
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Nigel Wright, 45, in a Tesco store.Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Nigel Wright, 45, in a Tesco store.
Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary of Nigel Wright, 45, in a Tesco store.

Wright was handed the sentence by Mr Justice Warby at the Old Bailey today (Monday) for his plot against Tesco - and a further three years consecutive for a charge of blackmail against a driver with whom he had had a road rage altercation.

Wright sent the driver a letter demanding £150,000 in bitcoin with threats to execute him with a rifle and kill his wife and children unless he complied after an incident on the A46.

Mr Justice Warby described the contents of the letter as “blood chilling”.

His total sentence was one of 14 years.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Warby said: “You were under no pressure from others, or from circumstances.

“It is not as if you had – for instance – a legitimate grievance against Tesco, nor can any other explanation easily be identified for engaging in this series of repulsive actions, apart from greed.”