UK teen jailed for 3 years for bomb hoaxes
By The Associated PressNews Public Sector bomb threats mischief UK
LONDON — A British teenager has been jailed for three years after his bogus bomb threats led to school evacuations and an airport security incident.
George Duke-Cohan, 19, touched off panic in March 2018 when he emailed thousands of schools, warning about an explosive. The National Crime Agency says more than 400 schools were evacuated.
He later caused a scare by telephoning San Francisco Airport and claiming his daughter had contacted him while on a United Airlines flight from Heathrow to say her plane had been hijacked.
Judge Richard Foster told Duke-Cohan on Friday that the passengers on the Aug. 9 flight “must have been terrified when their plane was taken to a quarantined area.”
Fosters says Duke-Cohan was “playing a game” for his “own perverted sense of fun.”
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