City Centre bomb hoax caller sentenced


A woman who called 999 and said a bomb had been planted in the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court today.

Deidre Murphy, 62, phoned South Wales Police and Media Wales telling them that someone had placed a bomb in the arena.  However, the claims were false.

Murphy admitted making the calls, saying her intention was to disrupt an arms fair that was taking place, but denied the offences when she appeared in court.  The two calls were made from public phone boxes in the city centre.

Millie Davies of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Deidre Murphy demonstrated a disregard for public safety by making those false claims.

"The emergency services have to be called away from genuine situations when false calls are made, which puts lives at risk and is a drain on public money and resources.

"Murphy denied the offences but the clear evidence put forward by the CPS saw her convicted by the jury."

Deidre Murphy was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £2000 in costs.