Bomb hoaxer found guilty of taking nurse hostage


A man who held a female nurse hostage at a Birmingham hospital, whilst claiming to have a bomb, was today given an hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court for false imprisonment and making a hoax bomb call.

Brett Sadler, aged 31, entered the Medical Assessment Unit at the City Hospital, Birmingham on 7 April this year and locked himself into an office with the nurse, refusing to let her leave. As a result, trained police negotiators had to be deployed. 

Over a period of some two hours the defendant exhibited erratic behaviour and made a number of calls to police and emergency services during which he stated that there was a bomb in the hospital. His hostage was eventually released physically unharmed but extremely frightened by her experience.

Iain Farrimond, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:

"This must have been a terrifying experience for the nurse who was kept against her will for nearly two hours by the defendant who was not only acting very erratically but also claiming that there was a bomb in the hospital.

"People who work in our hospitals should be able to do their jobs in safety and we take offences committed against hospital staff on NHS premises extremely seriously.

"The CPS has worked closely with West Midlands Police to bring this offender to justice and we were able to present a strong case, as was acknowledged by the defendant pleading guilty to the charges at his first appearance before the Crown Court."