CHRIS­TINE STALKER DID SEND SICK TWEETS

Now judge tells him he faces jail

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

A STALKER who ad­mit­ted ha­rass­ing TV pre­sen­ter Chris­tine Lam­pard faces jail af­ter send­ing her “very nasty” tweets, a judge said yes­ter­day.

Christof King, 39, pleaded guilty to stalk­ing last week, but he dis­puted the send­ing of the tweets.

King – who wanted ca­reer ad­vice from Chris­tine – sent tweets and let­ters and turned up at her house on more than one oc­ca­sion, caus­ing her to hide in a bed­room with the house­keeper.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence from be­hind a cur­tain on Mon­day, Chris­tine said sev­eral tweets were “in­co­her­ent waf­fle”, with some tag­ging her em­ployer ITV and her hus­band Frank.

“Sev­eral tweets be­came quite sinister and dark,” she added.

Chris­tine said these tweets made her pay at­ten­tion, adding that an­other rea­son she no­ticed his tweets was be­cause “there was so many of them”.

Cru­ci­fix­ion

One tweet he is al­leged to have sent said: “I can hear the scratch of nails as I sharpen them ahead of your cru­ci­fix­ion.” The court heard an­other tweet said: “I am plan­ning the words that will go on your grave­stone.”

Af­ter a hear­ing on the mat­ter of the tweets, Judge Robin John­son ruled yes­ter­day at Isle­worth Crown Court that King did in­deed send Chris­tine tweets.

He said: “There is clear ev­i­dence he has delu­sional ten­den­cies. In my judg­ment I ac­cept that Mrs Lam­pard is truth­ful and ac­cu­rate.

“I ac­cept that she re­ceived tweets from Christof King in 2015 and that these in­cluded some very nasty re­marks.

The judge said he would con­sider her as­sess­ment of the tweets – which she de­scribed as “dark” – an un­der­state­ment.

He said of King: “He is clearly some­one who swings in mood dur­ing the course of a let­ter for in­stance. I don’t rule out a prison sen­tence.”

King, from Brent, north Lon­don, who changed his name by deed poll from Jon Dun­ning­ham in April 2016, said he did not set up the ac­count that Chris­tine said the tweets came from and in­sisted that he did not send the tweets.

He de­nied ever cre­at­ing or us­ing the ac­count un­der the name @Christ_Of_King, and said the only ac­count he has ever had is @ Christof_King.

Mr Dun­ham said it was never made clear why King blamed her for the sit­u­a­tion he found him­self in.

Ob­sessed

He said: “There is no doubt that Mr King was ut­terly ob­sessed with Mrs Lam­pard.”

He said the most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple of this was King’s visit to Belfast one Christ­mas in the hope of meet­ing Lam­pard.

King was bailed for sen­tenc­ing on July 27.

NASTY: Christof King sent ‘dark’ tweets to Chris­tine Lam­pard

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