Man charged after Morrisons supermarket bomb hoax in Maidstone
A man has appeared in court today in connection with a bomb
hoax at a Maidstone supermarket.
David Williams, 48, of Knaves Acre, Headcorn, has been charged
with blackmail following an incident at the Morrisons store in
Sutton Road on December 10.
The supermarket had to be evacuated and closed for several hours
after reports were received that an explosive device had been left
in one of the aisles.
Williams, wearing faded blue jeans and a grey cardigan, spoke
only to confirm his name and that he understood his bail conditions
during a brief preliminary hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.
Neil Guest, defending, said Williams had discharged himself from
hospital against medical advice to attend the hearing.
He had been admitted the previous day suffering from what were
described as stabbing chest pains.
Prosecutor Gary Pons said Williams faced a single charge of
blackmail and that forensic enquiries are ongoing.
Judge Philip Statman was told by Mr Guest that Williams intends
to plead not guilty at his next hearing on March 28.
Bespectacled Williams was released on bail until that date.
His conditions include an electronically-tagged curfew between
6pm and 6am, reporting to police twice a week, not to go to the
Morrisons store in Sutton Road and surrendering of his
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