Holly Willoughby kidnap and homicide suspect had ‘millions’ of photos of girls on gadgets, court docket hears | EUROtoday

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Millions of photos of girls had been found on the gadgets of a person accused of plotting to kidnap, rape and homicide TV presenter Holly Willoughby, a court docket has heard.

Detective Constable William Belsham mentioned the quantity of fabric was so huge that officers had been solely capable of look at round 10 per cent of the pictures collected by “obsessed” safety guard Gavin Plumb.

Police carried out a filtering train earlier than trawling by tens of hundreds of images on his gadgets. In complete, 10,322 had been of Ms Willoughby, jurors had been informed.

The 37-year-old additionally revealed he had been “wanting to rape” the previous This Morning presenter for 3 years, in a whole bunch of “sexualised” messages proven to the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday.

The trial heard how Plumb mentioned his plans to assault Ms Willoughby, 43, intimately with an internet person known as “Marc”.

The pair scoped entry factors to her home, shared screenshots of the property and mentioned they’d be “masked up” for an assault, in scores of messages shared on WhatsApp, Kik and Wickr.

One message from Plumb, learn to jurors by prosecutor Alison Morgan KC, mentioned: “There is some blind spots to hop the wall.”

Gavin Plumb denies masterminding a plot to kidnap, rape and murder Holly Willoughby
Gavin Plumb denies masterminding a plot to kidnap, rape and homicide Holly Willoughby (PA)

In a seven-day interval in January 2021, they swapped 57 photos, together with 9 deep pretend pornographic photos, two photos of different feminine celebrities and 4 photos of girls who had been tied up, the court docket heard.

One picture displayed the phrases “hurting women is fun”.

The pair additionally bragged about their earlier assaults in opposition to ladies, with Marc claiming he had been jailed for stalking in Ireland.

It comes after jurors had been beforehand informed how Plumb had tried to abduct ladies from a prepare on two events in 2006 – as soon as utilizing a pretend gun to drive his sufferer to conform.

He later held two teenage ladies at knifepoint in a store stockroom in 2008.

In one message he mentioned he had taken his victims to the “darkest most isolated part of the warehouse” in his 2008 assault.

He mentioned he was tying certainly one of their arms behind their backs and was “just about to finish her off” earlier than they escaped and raised the alarm.

The pair exchanged photos of Ms Willoughby, together with deep pretend pornography, as they mentioned “staking out” her residence, restraining her household and taking her to a different location to rape her.

At numerous factors they thought-about taking the mom of three to an “abandoned building” or to Plumb’s deal with in Harlow, Essex, the court docket heard.

“Definitely in the middle of nowhere so no one can hear her scream,” Marc replied in a single change with Plumb proven to the jury.

In messages shared across the time of Ms Willoughby’s forty first birthday in January 2022, Plumb mentioned: “It’s looking like the stake out starts early next month I’ll look at getting some time off today.”

He later added: “We’ll give her a birthday present she’ll never forget.”

Plumb additionally mentioned assaults on different high-profile ladies with Marc – together with the homicide of TV character Jill Dando, who was shot useless on her doorstep in 1999.

Prosecutors read messages from Gavin Plumb to Chelmsford Crown Court
Prosecutors learn messages from Gavin Plumb to Chelmsford Crown Court (Sourced)

In an additional WhatsApp message from Plumb learn to the court docket by the prosecutor, he mentioned: “Just the thought of finally getting her [Ms Willoughby] is turning me on I’m actually looking forward to doing it.

“I’m at the point where idc [I don’t care] about the risks or consequences.”

The court docket heard that Plumb had carried out web searches together with “what does it feel like to be raped” and “how to meet people who plan to kidnap celebrities”.

Opening the case on Monday, jurors had been informed it was his “ultimate fantasy” to focus on Ms Willoughby, 43, and he had bought steel cable ties, a knife and chloroform – a liquid drug used to stupefy victims – in preparation for an assault.

The procuring centre safety guard is accused of soliciting an undercover US officer he met in an internet discussion board known as Abduct Lovers to hitch a plot to commit homicide, and incitement to kidnap and rape the previous This Morning presenter.

Plumb, of Harlow, Essex, denies all fees.

The trial, scheduled to final two weeks, continues.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/holly-willoughby-gavin-plumb-trial-b2568699.html