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A safety guard accused of plotting to kidnap, rape and homicide TV star Holly Willoughby instructed a courtroom he attacked ladies to flee his “toxic relationship” in a “cry for help” earlier than his weight ballooned to 35st.

Giving proof in his personal defence, Gavin Plumb, 37, revealed he first began struggling together with his weight at age 13, which he mentioned impacted his confidence.

“It was something that just constantly put me down personally. As I wasn’t able to go and do what my friends were doing,” he instructed jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Under questioning from defence counsel Sasha Wass KC, he mentioned he had hassle forming relationships in his teenage years, including he was often within the “friend zone” and “nothing more”.

His first critical relationship began at age 18 however this quickly turned poisonous, he claimed as he gave proof from the witness field carrying a gray tracksuit.

“It was extremely toxic. It was constant arguments there was constant… the things that a couple were doing as in having a normal relationship kind of thing – we wasn’t – we were constantly arguing, we were constantly at each other,” he instructed the jury.

The father of two mentioned the affect on him was “massive”, including: “I was constantly put down, I was constantly told I’m not good enough, she can do much better than me.”

Holly Willoughby is the alleged target of a kidnap, rape and murder plot
Holly Willoughby is the alleged goal of a kidnap, rape and homicide plot (PA )

When questioned about his earlier conviction for making an attempt to kidnap two feminine airline stewards on the Stansted Express in 2006, he alleged he carried it out to get himself incarcerated.

“For me it was my only option – being in the relationship that I was in, it was toxic, I was extremely young, I needed to find a way out,” he mentioned.

He admitted he had a “stewardess fantasy” however insisted that didn’t play an element within the assault. He additionally instructed the courtroom he “was not aware” he was carrying an imitation firearm till the police arrested him.

The courtroom beforehand heard Plumb was handed a 12-month suspended sentence for the 2006 assault. But he was later jailed for 32 months for false imprisonment for an additional assault on two teenage ladies in 2008, by which he threatened them with a “box-cutter/Stanley knife-type instrument”.

He instructed Ms Wass KC that he additionally carried out the second assault to flee his relationship.

He added: “It was exactly the same. I just needed a way out of the relationship, knowing full well that it worked the last time.”

Under cross-examination from prosecutor Alison Morgan KC, he insisted the crimes have been a “cry for help”.

Challenged over why he instructed the police the incident on a practice was a prank, he replied: “It was a cry for help. I didn’t understand the full gravity of it at the time.”

Jurors were shown a picture from inside Gavin Plumb’s flat after he claimed he had purchased chloroform to remove a stain from his carpet
Jurors have been proven an image from inside Gavin Plumb’s flat after he claimed he had bought chloroform to take away a stain from his carpet (Crown Prosecution Service )

Plumb additionally claimed he had bought chloroform as a cleansing product to do away with a stain by his fridge.

The courtroom beforehand heard he despatched an image of a bottle of chloroform to undercover US officer David Nelson whereas sharing particulars of his alleged plot to kidnap Ms Willoughby, 43.

“If you do proper research the proper definition and actual reason for chloroform is a cleaning product, which is why I bought it,” he instructed the courtroom.

“When I moved in to the flat I had a very large stain by my fridge. I tried everything on the market and nothing worked so I searched for a cleaning product that was going to work.”

Asked why he researched the consequences of it on the web, Plumb mentioned he “didn’t want… to be affected by it”.

When Ms Morgan instructed him chloroform may “seriously incapacitate someone”, he replied: “That wasn’t what I was planning on using it for.”

Gavin Plumb said his online chats about the TV presenter were ‘dark’ but insisted they were just fantasy
Gavin Plumb mentioned his on-line chats concerning the TV presenter have been ‘dark’ however insisted they have been simply fantasy (PA)

Around the time he left jail for false imprisonment, Plumb – who’s 5ft 10in – mentioned his weight was fluctuating between 18st and 26st and he spent “99.9 per cent” of his time on-line.

It was throughout this era he turned taken with bondage and sadomasochism (generally known as BDSM), the jury have been instructed, following a short sexual relationship with a girl in 2014. He admitted he had bought a “kit” from Amazon that included a whip, lead, shackles, blindfold and clamps with black rope.

When Ms Morgan questioned why he saved metallic cable ties with the alleged BDSM package, he mentioned didn’t have room elsewhere in his flat, including: “I’ve not used it yet.”

Between 2014 and 2018 his weight peaked at over 35st, the courtroom heard. Practically housebound, he mentioned he spent his life on-line, the place he engaged in fantasy discussions about celebrities – admitting that Ms Willoughby was his “celebrity crush”.

He mentioned: “My weight got up to 35.5st. I was housebound. I physically couldn’t move without being in pain or being breathless.”

Although he agreed his conversations with an internet person known as “Marc” concerning the Dancing on Ice presenter have been “dark”, he insisted he by no means deliberate to observe via with the plot.

“It was talk – nothing more,” he mentioned.

The 37-year-old mentioned he acquired a “rush of excitement” throughout discussions about retaining Ms Willoughby in a “dungeon”, however once more insisted: “I knew it was online chat.”

Jurors were shown footage from police body-worn cameras of the arrest of Gavin Plumb last October
Jurors have been proven footage from police body-worn cameras of the arrest of Gavin Plumb final October (Essex Police/PA)

In police body-worn video footage of Plumb’s arrest final October, performed to the jury, the defendant exclaimed to officers “What are you talking about” and “Please explain to me what the hell is going on.”

When officers instructed him he was being detained over an alleged plot to kidnap Ms Willoughby, he responded: “I am not going to lie she is a fantasy of mine. I mean she’s a fantasy of a lot of guys isn’t she.”

He estimated he weighed someplace “between 25st and 30st” on the time.

He instructed the jury he had “more chance of tripping over the step walking down” than leaping over a wall outdoors the previous This Morning presenter’s residence in an tried kidnap.

The prosecution claims it was Plumb’s “ultimate fantasy” to focus on Ms Willoughby, who has waived her proper to anonymity.

The purchasing centre safety guard is accused of soliciting the undercover US officer to hitch a plot to commit homicide, and of incitement to kidnap and rape the TV character. Plumb, of Harlow in Essex, denies all the fees.

The trial continues.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/holly-willoughby-gavin-plumb-toxic-relationship-b2570588.html