An alleged murdered ‘planned to target’ Simon Cowell and Katie Hopkins after reportedly keeping a spreadsheet of target victims.
Michael Danaher is accused of attacking and murdering antique dealer Adrian Greenwood at his home in Oxford on 6 April this year, after plotting for months to rob him of a rare first edition of The Wind in the Willows worth £50,000.
According to The Guardian, analysis of his laptop revealed Danaher had also researched and saved the home addresses of celebrities including Simon Cowell, Katie Hopkins, Eamonn Holmes, Gary Lineker and Louise Redknapp.
A floorplan of the home of the TV presenter Anthea Turner was recovered from Danaher’s laptop, Saxby said, while he had also researched how to buy samurai swords online.
Oliver Saxby QC, prosecuting, told the jury of four women and eight men that the list of targets “exudes a sense of resentment. It is almost as if these are people who, because of their wealth … deserve to be subjected to what he has planned.”
Danaher denies murder, although Saxby told the jury he admits killing Greenwood but will argue that it was an act of self-defence.