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JAILED: Text pest Tim Mumford faked his death to harass woman PC - court

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

A FORMER Liberal Democrat election candidate has been jailed for a year-long harassment campaign against a female police constable – which included faking his own death.

Tim Mumford, 33, of Oxford Gardens, pleaded guilty to a single charge of harassing PC Sophie Lowther without violence between February 2020 and February 2021.

The florist sent abusive and suicidal texts and emails to the police officer thirteen times.The court heard he sent the PC his death notice with details for his funeral.

At the time of the offence, Mumford was on conditional discharge for assaulting a nurse at Maidstone Hospital.

District Judge Justin Barron said: "This is one of the worst cases of malicious communications I have ever heard.

“This was a calculated, manipulative, vindictive attack in the most malicious way.”

When Judge Barron passed his sentence of immediate16 weeks imprisonment, Mumford started to hyperventilate and an ambulance was called.

Mumford once flirted with a career in local politics.

He was selected by the Liberal Democrats as a "paper candidate" in May's borough council elections for the Bearsted ward.

Up against Conservative Denis Spooner, he had virtually no chance of winning.

But local concerns prompted the leadership to persuade him to withdraw as a candidate and he did not stand.

A Lib Dem insider said: "Tim's got some serious problems. That became very apparent, very quickly."

Mumford was a member of the Conservative Party in 2017 and 2018 but not with the Maidstone and the Weald or Faverhsam and Mid Kent Conservative associations, rather joining the Tories in Braintree, Essex.

A Tory insider said: "I think he is vulnerable and probably needs help."


COURT: Budding politician faked his death to harass woman PC