Man who threatened gun attack on Folkestone police in court
A MAN accused of threatening a gun attack in Folkestone that would be worse than the killings by Raoul Moat in Northumberland and Michael Ryan in Hungerford has appeared in court by video link from Elmley Prison.
David Jolly, 41, appeared before Folkestone magistrates on Thursday charged with threatening to kill a man he had already attacked with a knife 21 years ago and repeatedly threatening to carry out a series of murderous attacks in the town.
Jolly faces five charges: threatening to kill Christopher Harrington between September 4 and September 11 in more than 30 text messages, harassment over the same period of Mr Harrington, two charges of sending false messages on e-mail with intent to cause anxiety and conveying a message to Kent Police for the purpose of causing annoyance or needless anxiety.
Jolly's address was shown on the court list as Essex Road, Chiswick, London, but he refused to give it to the court saying "to give it in court would put my family in danger".
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He is due to be formally committed for crown court trial today (Oct 25). He agreed to appear by video link saying "it will save the court money", and his case was adjourned. There was no application for bail. When he appeared on September 20 magistrates were told that Jolly is accused of leaving an e-mail message for a police officer on August 28 saying he was planning to carry out a worse attack than Britain's three most notorious gun massacres.
Jolly is alleged to have written to police in an e-mail: "When I snap Hungerford, Raoul Moat and Derek Bird will look like f****** picnics."
Rachael Laughland, prosecuting told the court: "In an e-mail he accused Folkestone police of being corrupt claiming he had been denied justice and threatening what he described as 'vigilante justice' against a man he claimed was a police informant.
The court heard that Jolly had moved into the Pavilion Court flats in Marine Terrace, Folkestone, in December 2010.
In a bizarre coincidence he moved into the flat above Christopher Harrington, who he had stabbed and served a jail term for in 1991, the court was told.
"The two were talking out of the window of their flat and one said he had grown up in Ealing and the other said they had as well," said Miss Laughland. "They exchanged names and Mr Harrington realised who his new neighbour was and felt nervous when the defendant said: 'Hold on, I'm coming up'.
"But Jolly apologised telling Mr Harrington that he was young and stupid, and they had a drink together."
After that the two became friends until April this year when Jolly claims he was attacked and suffered serious leg injuries from another man who he claims is a police informant. There were no charges, the court heard.
But Jolly began a campaign against Mr Harrington and in a torrent of text messages told him "I should have finished you off in 1991", and made a series of threats making it clear he wanted to kill Mr Harrington.