Bo­gus bomb threats teen jailed for three years

Irish Examiner - - World News - Catherine Wylie

A teenager in­spired by the Columbine high school mas­sacre has been jailed af­ter mak­ing bo­gus bomb threats to hun­dreds of UK schools and spark­ing an air­port se­cu­rity scare.

Ge­orge Duke-Co­han twice tar­geted schools in the UK and US with hoax mes­sages that trig­gered evac­u­a­tions, be­fore phon­ing in a fake re­port of a hi­jacked air­craft.

The 19-year-old, of Wat­ford, emailed Marl­bor­ough Col­lege and re­ferred to the Columbine high school shoot­ing. He was jailed for three years by Judge Richard Foster, at Lu ton Crown Court.

The recorder of Lu­ton told him: “You knew ex­actly what you were do­ing and why you were do­ing it, and you knew full well the havoc that would fol­low. You were play­ing a cat-and-mouse game with the au­thor­i­ties.”

He pleaded guilty to three counts of mak­ing hoax bomb threats in Septem­ber.

Prose­cu­tor Re­becca Austin said he sent emails to 1,700 schools in the UK be­tween March 16 and 19 this year. The emails, sent to a va­ri­ety of schools, in­clud­ing those that cater for chil­dren with spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs, threat­ened to set off an ex­plo­sive de­vice, if pay­ment was not made.

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