Man de­nies threat­en­ing to kill ed­i­tor

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

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.

Leo Whit­lock

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