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Bomb Threat Girl Gets Let Off!  
User currently offlineSilverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1060 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2719 times:

I am gobsmaked about this. A jury in the UK has just acquiteed a girl of getting he freiend to make a bomb threat, on the grounds.... and get this...

It was only a joke

First of all the sanity of the jury must be questioned, mind the judge di make her pay her legal fees about 15K gbp, but wouldn't ie be nice if every airline banned her for life

Its a long walk back to Oz

Stupid Cow

So on that basis every threat now made in the UK can be argued 'itsa a joke'

Just like our legal system

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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4625 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2683 times:

Quoting Silverfox (Thread starter):
Just like our legal system

Don't blame it on the legal system. Blame it on the jurors. Unfortunately all too often we have the same brain dead bunch sitting in the jury box here as well.

Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2614 times:

Originally I thought that this was simple text-banter which had got out of control - silly but not intentionally malicious.

But when I read through the entire text message exchange, it was blatantly clear in my mind that there was deliberate encouragement to throw a bomb scare and delay the flight:

Sceats (the accused): “Can you call the police. There is a bomb on board. The flight is 8.10. Leaving from Stansted. Going to Dublin. The number is 999. Do it now.”

Her friend asks if she is "serious".

Sceats: “Absolutely. Hurry up. Do it from the payphone outside. Put on an accent. Tell them there is a man with a gun to your head telling you to make the phone call.”

User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2528 times:

How did that end up before a jury? Couldn't a magistrate have dealt with it?

6 months probation, £10,000 fine plus the 15k costs, and deportation would've been a good start.

Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
User currently offlineGipper913 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 176 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2419 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 3):
How did that end up before a jury? Couldn't a magistrate have dealt with it?

That has to do with the difference in legal systems between the US/UK model and most of the legal systems in Continental Europe.


The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern. --R. Reagan
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Waste of time - FR are very strict on closing check in 40 minutes before departure!  Silly

She shouldn't have got off - if the friend had called on the basis of the first text message perhaps. But with a response like that? Harldy sounds like a joke, does it?

No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

The judge will look if she is likely to reoffend in future and if the state's expenses for e.g. unemployment for her and a prison sentence are higher than if lets her go with a warning.
Many people are let off with a strict warning and never reoffend, because they have learned their lesson. Additionaly making her pay the fine will give her a warning as well.


Je Suis Charlie et je suis Ahmet aussi
User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 9187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

Also, I understand that she was due to return to Oz to go to Uni.

Her enforced stay in the UK put a stop to that.

Personally, I think that she was lucky with jury. However, it is down to the jury, which is a system which will throw a wobbly sometimes.

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