I’ll hit him with an axe – man in BBC star threat

Macclesfield Express - - APPEAL PLANNED AFTER RETAIL PLAN IS REFUSED - STU­ART GREER

AMAN sent threat­en­ing emails aimed at two BBC TV stars in which he threat­ened to carry out knife and axe at­tacks.

Kristofer Jean Pierre Groot, 35, sent five ‘ex­pres­sive and vi­o­lent’ emails aimed at BBC Break­fast pre­sen­ters Louise Minchin and Dan Walker af­ter a seg­ment about clean­ing on the show.

Groot, who suf­fers from para­noid schizophre­nia, be­lieved both pre­sen­ters were di­rect­ing their com­ments at him dur­ing the show on April 4.

In the sages Minchin’s nice for threat­ened sin­is­ter mesG­root said ‘neck looks slit­ting’ and to ‘smash (Walker) in the face with an axe and kill his fam­ily’ be­fore mak­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing pledge to ‘play the long game’ in en­act­ing his re­venge.

The emails were sent to eDig­i­talRe­search, a com­pany which runs sur­veys for the BBC.

At Macclesfield mag­is­trates’ court, Groot, of Weller Close, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted the of­fence of send­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions of an of­fen­sive na­ture.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “At 6.56am on April 4 eDig­i­tal, a com­pany which car­ries out re­search for the BBC, were sent five email mes­sages in­tended for Louise Minchin and Dan Walker.

“None of the mes­sages reached the in­tended peo­ple but they caused con­cern. Po­lice were called and traced the emails to the de­fen­dant’s ad­dress.

“The mes­sages were ex­pres­sive and vi­o­lent in na­ture. The first said ‘that Louise’s neck looks nice for slit­ting’.

The next said ‘that co­p­re­sen­ter Dan, I am go­ing to smash him in the face with an axe and kill his fam­ily’, fol­lowed by ‘tell that Dan to meet me and I will f*** him up’, and ‘I can’t wait to see the look on his face when I knife him in the car park’.

“The fi­nal mes­sage was ‘I am go­ing to go­ing to get my own back and play the long game’.”

Han­nah Kelly, de­fend­ing Groot, said the de­fen­dant had not taken his medication dur­ing the pe­riod of of­fend­ing.

She said: “These are un­pleas­ant mes­sages for any­one to re­ceive.

“They re­lated to a par­tic­u­lar news items about clean­ing on BBC Break­fast news.

“He gen­uinely be­lieved that the pre­sen­ters were di­rect­ing their com­ments per­son­ally to him. Con­sid­er­ing it was about clean­ing goes to show he wasn’t in the best frame of mind. He is dev­as­tated and mor­ti­fied by his be­hav­iour.” Groot was bailed to ap­pear for sen­tence at Ch­ester Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 18.

●● Kristofer Jean Pierre Groot out­side court

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