Dr David Crichton is alleged to have plotted to kill Brown Shipley adviser Andy Bolton at his home in Bournemouth, UK on 26 February this year.
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According to newspaper the Bournemouth Echo, the accused spoke only to confirm his name. He was granted bail until his next appearance in court on 20 December.
The 63-year-old, who has not entered a plea, is charged with “soliciting, encouraging, persuading, endeavouring to persuade or proposing to a person unknown to commit murder” and “sending electronic communications, namely emails and text messages, which conveyed a threat for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety to the recipient” between 26 July 2016 and 4 March 2017.