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Kill threat sentence delayed

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: June 01, 2009

A DAWLISH man who harassed and threatened to kill three Teignbridge social workers is to be sentenced at a later date so a psychiatric report can be prepared.

Neil King (pictured left), 48, from Weech Road in Dawlish, was told by Torbay magistrates he would have to comply with doctors when they compile their mental health report.

At a previous hearing, King pleaded guilty to three counts of harassment against the Devon County Council employees on April 15.

King, a former heroin addict, also pleaded guilty to a fourth charge of criminal damage on April 17.

Magistrates sitting at Newton Abbot earlier this month heard how King left answer phone messages and sent more than 100 'abusive and threatening' text messages to the three office workers.

The incidents happened after King split up from his wife and was refused access to his son when he contacted the local authority at Orchard House in Newton Abbot.

Magistrates heard King became angry and started to telephone and threaten the social workers at Orchard House.

Some of the messages he left at the time included several death threats.

Magistrates warned him then he faced a prison sentence because his offences were so serious.

However, at the latest hearing, Torbay magistrates agreed with CPS recommendations that a psychiatric report be prepared before King is sentenced.

The chair of the magistrates, Carl Ansell, told King: "We have listened very carefully to the CPS recommendations and we are adjourning for four weeks for a medical report to be drawn up.

"Mr King will have to submit to the examination as directed by the doctors."

King, who was remanded on conditional bail, will re-appear before Torbay magistrates on June 26 for sentencing.

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