Bradford Man Faces Jail For School Bomb Hoax
A hoaxer from Bradford, who emailed a bomb threat to the "contact us" section of MI5's website has been warned he could get a heavy prison sentence.
Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard that Ghulam Kibria was hunted down by anti-terrorism officers after telling the security services that a bomb had been hidden in a junior school.
Kibria pleaded guilty to communicating a bomb hoax
His email said; There is a bomb planted in Prince Albert Junior and Infant School in Aston. There is nothing you can do - we can strike any time, anywhere."
33 year old Kibria will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court next month after a district judge decided that the six-month maximum sentence available to magistrates wasn't good enough.
Police say they took the message as a "clear and immediate threat", and 700 pupils and 110 members of staff and parents were evacuated from Prince Albert School.
Police seized Kibria’s laptop and a copy of the email was found on the hard drive.
Defence solicitor Reyaz Ali told the court that his client suffered from mental health issues and had been accompanied to the court by a social worker.
He was granted unconditional bail,
Judge McGarva told Kibria: "This is a very serious matter. I bear in mind the effect of your actions on teachers at the school, the children of the school - who are aged between three and 11 - and the parents of those children.
"It's hard to imagine the extent of the damage that you have caused by your actions."