The defendant was traveling to Marrakech to meet his fiance, he called the emergency services to report the bomb in order to delay his flight.
Rabat – Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex sentenced a 32-year-old British national to 16 months in prison for communicating false information about a bomb. The court in the south of England sentenced Rashidul Islam on Friday, January 17 after he called the emergency services to report a bomb in order to prevent the take-off of his flight to Marrakech.
The flight was due to take off at 5:40 pm on May 4, 2019, from Gatwick airport in destination to Marrakech. Islam was a passenger who thought he would arrive at the airport on time by taking public transport, reported the Guardian.
Then, the train unexpectedly stopped 40 kilometers away from the airport, forcing him to take a taxi to get to the terminal. Passing through London traffick, Islam panicked that he would miss the flight and dialed the emergency telephone number.
“EasyJet flight 8897 leaves in 40 minutes,” Islam told the call handler. “There may be a bomb on the plane, you need to delay it, you need to stop it now.”
Airport security evacuated the 147 passengers off the plane and held them in the gate room.
Shortly after evacuating the plane, Islam arrived at the check-in point. Security officials discovered that Islam’s phone was the same as the one used to call in the bomb hoax.
After being arrested, the 32-year-old explained that he had panicked because he could not afford another ticket if he missed the plane.
Sussex Police Detective Stephen Trott said that “while the defendant expressed remorse, there is no excuse for his actions that day and he has been sentenced accordingly.”
“Making a false report of a bomb on a plane not only causes significant costs and delays to the airport and its passengers, it also strikes fear into the community,” Trott added.
He concluded that all reports of this nature are treated with extreme seriousness, and “anyone caught committing such an offense will be dealt with robustly.”
In a separate case, Islam was sentenced to 42 months in prison for money laundering.