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Teen bomb hoaxer to be sentenced next month

 Published on: 28th October 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Garston teenager who made bomb threats to thousands of schools across the country will be sentenced next month.  

George Duke-Cohan, 19, emailed 24,000 schools from his bedroom earlier this year in a bomb hoax campaign which led to 400 schools being evacuated. 

The Parmiters pupil also targeted schools in Watford and St Albans and later, went on to make a hoax call about a bomb threat on an airline.

In a phone call to San Francisco Airport, he pretended to be a worried father whose daughter had been taken hostage by suicide bombers.

As a result, US authorities launched a massive counter terrorism response detaining almost 300 people on-board the United Airline jet after it landed.

Duke-Cohan, from Watford, didn’t attend the hearing on Thursday, October 25, before Judge Richard Foster and neither did the prosecution or defence barristers.

Instead, the judge and barristers linked up via telephones and a date was fixed for the sentencing, which will take place on December 6.

The judge was told that in the next few weeks a psychiatric report will be prepared on Duke-Cohan and the FBI will supply details of their involvement to the court.

Duke-Cohan earlier admitted three counts of making bomb hoax threats and was remanded in custody.

The schoolboy was arrested by the National Crime Agency in the bedroom of his home, where he lives with his mother and sister.

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