Man jailed for making hoax bomb call to university

28/03/2014

A man who made a hoax bomb call which resulted in an entire university campus being evacuated has today been sentenced to eight months imprisonment at Coventry Crown Court.

Nigel David Lewis, aged 51 and from Warwick, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one charge of a bomb hoax - communicating false information.

On 2 October 2013 at 2.27pm, a message was left on the voice message facility of Warwick University's Gibbet Hall campus in Coventry which claimed that an explosive device had been left on the grounds of the university.

Staff immediately informed the police and an evacuation of the campus had to be carried out in order for a search to be made for the bomb. No device was found.  

The message was downloaded by the police and checks led them to the defendant's telephone number which, when examined further, linked the number to the exact time and date of the hoax message.

Lewis was arrested and subsequently charged with communicating false information

Boban George, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The actions of Nigel Lewis spread fear and panic among the 400 staff and students at the campus. His actions led to lessons being disrupted, conference rooms, halls of residence and other facilities being closed.

"When he was arrested, Lewis denied making the call, however, checks confirmed that the call was placed from his telephone at the time and date when the voice message was left.

"With such strong evidence, the defendant had no choice but to admit to his guilt and today he was jailed for eight months."