Napier man Gregory O'Neill admits trying to blackmailing businesses
A Napier man has admitted attempting to blackmail seven well-known companies.
Gregory David O'Neill, a 55-year-old labourer, pleaded guilty in Napier District Court on Tuesday to making threats against the companies over a five day period in August.
The court has permanently suppressed the names of the companies and the nature of their businesses.
However, an interim order suppressing O'Neill's name expired on Tuesday.
He was remanded on bail for sentencing in January.
Police had previously said they did not believe O'Neill had the ability to carry out the threats he had made against the companies.
He has undergone psychiatric assessments since being arrested in late August.