Dec 072018

A loner schoolboy who caused widespread panic by launching a terrifying nationwide bomb hoax campaign from his bedroom has been jailed for three years.

George Duke-Cohan,

who was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday, sent thousands of emails to schools, colleges and nurseries across the UK and America warning that bombs had been planted in classrooms.

The court had heard that Duke-Cohan 19, from Watford in Herts, had been bullied at school and was said to love the “notoriety” and attention he was gaining among the online hacking community.

The teenager’s hoax bomb threats caused 400 schools in the UK to be evacuated and a trans-Atlantic plane to be quarantined.

Duke-Cohan was arrested days after his threats. Weeks later, while still under investigation, he sent a mass email to schools in the UK and the US, claiming that pipe bombs had been planted on their premises.

National Crime Agency investigators working with the FBI identified that, while on pre-charge bail for the threats to schools, Duke-Cohan made bomb threats to the US-bound flight via phone calls to San Francisco Airport and their bureau police.

In a recording of one of the phone calls, which was made while the plane was in the air, he took on the persona of a worried father, claiming his daughter contacted him from the flight to say it had been hijacked by gunmen, one of whom had a bomb.

Following the conviction, Marc Horsfall, the NCA’s senior investigating officer, said: “George Duke-Cohan made a series of bomb threats that caused serious worry and inconvenience to thousands of people, not least an international airline.

“He carried out these threats hidden behind a computer screen for his own enjoyment, with no consideration for the effect he was having on others.

“Despite being arrested and having conditions imposed restricting his use of technology, he persistently broke those conditions to continue his wave of violent threats.

“Law enforcement take such offences extremely seriously. The sentence handed down to Duke-Cohan today highlights the consequences of such offending.”

 Posted by at 3:54 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Featuring Recent Posts WordPress Widget development by YD