Man denies threatening to kill editor
A man has appeared in court accused of threatening to kill the former editor of the Kentish Gazette.
Robert Mansfield, 24, is alleged to have made death threats to Leo Whitlock, the former editor of the Gazette and Faversham News.
Magistrates in Margate heard Mansfield had complained over the phone about an online article that referred to him as the victim of a stabbing on October 18 last year.
He wanted the article taken down or his name removed, but Mr Whitlock declined the request.
It is then alleged Mansfield threatened to kill the journalist, a claim he denies.
He pleaded not guilty to making a phone call which conveyed a threat for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to Mr Whitlock, who now works as head of communications for Canterbury City Council.
Mansfield, of Margate Road, Ramsgate, was bailed with the condition that he must not enter any KM Group office for any reason or contact Mr Whitlock.
He will face trial at Margate Magistrates Court on May 22.