A shopping centre security guard today denied plotting to kidnap and murder Holly Willoughby.
Gavin Plumb, 36, is accused of putting together a ‘kidnap and restraint’ kit at his home and arranging for an American assassin to snatch the 42-year-old TV star.
Plumb, from Harlow, Essex, pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.
Wearing a dirty grey t-shirt and holding his hand over his mouth, the suspect sat impassively in the dock as he listened to court proceedings.
He denied soliciting to commit murder and incitement to commit kidnap.
Gavin Plumb stands accused of plotting to kidnap and murder TV presenter Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby recently quit This Morning after 14 years
According to the charges, Plumb allegedly ‘solicited, encouraged, persuaded, endeavoured to persuade, or proposed’ to murder the former This Morning star.
He was found in possession of ‘weapons’ and had made a ‘restraint kit’, it is claimed.
The charge sheet also says he encouraged a US-based man to travel to the UK.
At the end of the 30-minute hearing, Judge Mary Loram KC addressed Plumb.
Her Honour Judge Loram said: ‘Mr Plumb, I’m adjourning your case for trial. I hope that will be on 24th June next year. You must attend trial.’
Plumb, who works at the Pinnacles Shopping Centre in Harlow, Essex, was arrested last month.
According to the charges, Plumb allegedly ‘solicited, encouraged, persuaded, endeavoured to persuade, or proposed’ to murder the former This Morning star
Ms Willoughby sensationally quit This Morning last month.
She was reportedly left ‘distraught’ after learning about the alleged plot.
The mother-of-three is currently under police guard at her London home where she lives with her husband Daniel Baldwin, 49, and their three children – Harry, 14, Belle, 12 and Chester, 8.
Ms Willoughby was pulled from presenting the ITV show on Thursday October 5 just moments before going on air after police informed bosses bosses about the alleged plot.
Alison Hammond was chosen to replace the 42-year-old host alongside Josie Gibson.
The date of June 24 was set for the trial.
Ms Willoughby is pictured while out in London walking her dog last month