Teenager sentenced for bomb hoax threats

|News, International and organised crime

A teenager has today (7 December) been sentenced for making bogus bomb threats which resulted in the evacuation of more than 400 UK schools.

George Duke-Cohan, 19, pleaded guilty to three offences of making bomb hoax threats and was jailed today for three years at Luton Crown Court.

The court heard Duke-Cohan emailed thousands of schools in the UK to warn about an explosive in March this year.

He was arrested days later but while still under investigation sent a further batch of emails to UK and US schools, claiming a pipe bomb had been planted on the premises.

Duke-Cohan, from Watford, was then arrested for a second time and released on bail with a condition he did not use electronic devices.

Despite his further arrest and release on bail for the offences, Duke-Cohan then went on to cause an airport security scare by telephoning San Francisco Airport and their police force, claiming his daughter had contacted him from a flight to say her plane had been hijacked by gunmen with a bomb.

Anne McCracken, from the CPS, said: “George Duke-Cohan sent hoax bomb threats to thousands of schools in the UK and US, San Francisco Airport and their police force in the hope of notoriety.

“His actions and complete lack of regard for other people caused widespread and unnecessary worry.

“Due to the close partnership between the CPS, the National Crime Agency and the FBI and the case presented against him he ultimately pleaded guilty and will now have to face the consequences.”

Notes to editors

  • Anne McCracken is a Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division
  • George Duke-Cohan (18.06.99) pleaded guilty to three counts of making hoax bomb threats


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