Army dentist who sent stream of 'distressing' messages about SAS hero to his new Cadbury chocolate heiress girlfriend is spared prison

Jennifer Wilson sent malicious communications to Tobi-Jayne CadburyWilson was jealous she was dating her ex-partner SAS hero Christian Craighead

A British Army Major who sent a stream of 'distressing' messages to the Cadbury chocolate heiress she regarded as a rival for the affections of an heroic SAS soldier, avoided being sent to jail today.

Dentist Jennifer Wilson, who is attached to the Royal Medical Corps, sent malicious communications to Tobi-Jayne Cadbury, the girlfriend of SAS soldier Christian Craighead, a judge heard.

Mr Recorder Alex Wright told the 42-year-old Army Major: 'This sort of messaging causes distress and clearly causes distress in this case.'

Prosecutor Jack Wright told the court: 'Ms Wilson was in a relationship between 2012 to 2016 with Mr Craighead. They separated and saw each other on a casual basis.'

He added that Ms Cadbury and Mr Craighead started dating in 2021.

Dentist Jennifer Wilson (pictured in January), who is attached to the Royal Medical Corps, sent malicious communications to Tobi-Jayne Cadbury, the girlfriend of SAS soldier Christian Craighead, a judge heard

Dentist Jennifer Wilson (pictured in January), who is attached to the Royal Medical Corps, sent malicious communications to Tobi-Jayne Cadbury, the girlfriend of SAS soldier Christian Craighead, a judge heard

Ms Cadbury and Mr Craighead started dating in 2021. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of chocolate baron Richard Cadbury

Ms Cadbury and Mr Craighead started dating in 2021. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of chocolate baron Richard Cadbury

The court heard that Mr Craighead is a former SAS warrant officer

The court heard that Mr Craighead is a former SAS warrant officer

The judge, sitting at Amersham Crown Court heard that Ms Cadbury was subject to a number of different malicious messages from a number of different social media accounts created by Wilson - who now lives at Old Moor Lane, Wooburn Moor, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

These messages included calling the Cadbury's distant heiress a 'fat c***', a 'chicken 'sh*t sl*g' and an 'uneducated slut'.

Another malicious message said: 'You're f****d Cadbury, he's using you, you're using him.'

The prosecutor added: 'When one is subject to these messages for a significant period of time there is going to be significant harm caused.'

The court heard that Mr Craighead is a former SAS warrant officer. He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for the bravery shown in the attack on the DusitD2 Hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2019.

Wilson pictured with the Royal Medical Corps

Wilson pictured with the Royal Medical Corps

Craighead (right) was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for the bravery shown in the attack on the DusitD2 Hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2019. On that day that five terrorists stormed the hotel complex in January 2019 and 21 people died

Craighead (right) was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for the bravery shown in the attack on the DusitD2 Hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2019. On that day that five terrorists stormed the hotel complex in January 2019 and 21 people died

Chris Craighead leading terrified guests to safety after storming the hotel building in Kenya

Chris Craighead leading terrified guests to safety after storming the hotel building in Kenya

One of the malicious messages said: 'You're f****d Cadbury, he's using you, you're using him.' Pictured: Christian Craighead

One of the malicious messages said: 'You're f****d Cadbury, he's using you, you're using him.' Pictured: Christian Craighead

Brent Martin, defence counsel for Wilson, said: 'This was essentially an internet spat that got out of hand and that has gone on for quite some time. We are finally at a sensible conclusion to this case.

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'When one looks at the history of this case if Your Honour was to pass a sentence, even a suspended sentence, that would most likely lead to her dismissal (from the Army).'

He added that this resulting effect would be unfair and he asserted that Major Wilson 'really wasn't herself at the time.'

Mr Martin said there were issues with continuity and hearsay with the case presented against his client. As a result any matters regarding the disclosure of sexual material were not proceeded with at court and were discontinued.

Mr Recorder Wright told Wilson: 'You sent unpleasant and insulting messages to her (Ms Cadbury) and you sent them from a number of different social media addresses.

'It is serious because you were in breach; it is serious because it is sustained activity; and it is serious because it has had a very serious impact on her, which is not surprising.

Tobi, who lives in near Malvern in Worcestershire, is part of the billionaire Cadbury chocolate empire, one of Britain¿s oldest and well known confectionary brands

Tobi, who lives in near Malvern in Worcestershire, is part of the billionaire Cadbury chocolate empire, one of Britain’s oldest and well known confectionary brands

Chris now works promoting veterans charities

Chris now works promoting veterans charities

'It is very clearly a case of jealously due to the fact that she (Ms Cadbury) was in a relationship with your ex-partner.'

However three Army Colonels gave 'glowing' character references in relation to Wilson - something Mr Recorder Wright said 'doesn't happen often.'

The judge told Wilson: 'You have committed your life to public service and from everything I have read, you are regarded as exceptional and outstanding by those who have commanded you and worked with you.'

He added that he noted Wilson had not used her mental health as an excuse. She suffers from major depression and PTSD.

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'It is not the case that you just brought up mental health as an excuse for actions when you were contacted by the police.

'It appears that the route of the PTSD lies in your service in Afghanistan when you had the quite horrific duty, which I can't imagine being pleasant for anybody, of identifying bodies using your dental skills.

'It is against this background, in my view, that you have committed this offence.

'You, at the moment, carry out a very important public service to an exceptional standard.'

Whilst Mr Recorder Wright spoke of Wilson's wrongdoings, he said a prison sentence would hurt others in the Army and deprive the Army of a servant.

For one count of sending malicious communications, Wilson was given a community order, including 30 sessions of an accredited program requirement, 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and she was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

The Recorder added: 'You are not to contact - directly or indirectly - Tobi-Jayne Cadbury, including through social media. You are not to make reference directly or indirectly on social media.

'I make that restraining order for a period of 10 years.'

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