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Guard who sent fake death threat texts jailed
3:52pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A SECURITY guard who tricked his way to a payrise by sending fake death threat texts has been jailed.
Christopher Cooknell, 54, of Wootton Bridge in Ryde, Isle of Wight, pleaded guilty to threats to kill and fraud charges directed towards a family from Brentwood in December last year.
At Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday he was sentenced to three years in jail.
Cooknell was part of a security team employed at the family estate of Daniel Holloway in Brentwood.
He started sending texts anonymously threatening to kill Mr Holloway and his relatives last December and when first interviewed by police, Cooknell claimed they were a “prank”.
An investigation by the Essex & Kent Serious Crime Directorate also found out Cooknell was responsible for an anonymous letter sent to the family in August 2011.
The letter said gardeners had carried out an aggravated burglary at the estate in 2009 and a gunpoint burglary was being planned.