Email was not a threat, says land­lord

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A con­tro­ver­sial prop­erty mogul has de­nied send­ing a threat­en­ing email to a fam­ily via his let­ting agent.

Fer­gus Wil­son, 69, of Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea, ap­peared be­fore Maid­stone Mag­is­trates on Fri­day, ac­cused of hav­ing the mes­sage sent to Robert Wild­ing and his wife on Au­gust 4.

Ku­mud Singh, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The na­ture of the threat is he sent an email which stated that the vic­tim and his fam­ily will be shot by the Ro­ma­nian mafia and Kent Po­lice don’t have the re­sources to pro­tect them.”

Wil­son, rep­re­sent­ing him­self, said his let­ting agent sent the mes­sage but de­nied it was ma­li­cious. He said the email re­lated to an on­go­ing Kent Po­lice op­er­a­tion. He said: “It is not a threat. I was be­ing help­ful.

“It was not in­tended to cause dis­tress, in fact it was in­tended to be help­ful and if I might say we cov­ered the mat­ter with po­lice the day be­fore.”

Wil­son de­nied caus­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tion to be sent con­vey­ing a threat­en­ing mes­sage for the pur­pose of caus­ing dis­tress or anx­i­ety.

The case was ad­journed un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27 for a pre-trial hear­ing. Wil­son was re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail.

Mark and Jemma Beech had their Re­nault Me­gane stolen and dumped in the lake at Mote Park

Fer­gus Wil­son

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