A CHEF who made a hoax call claiming his estranged wife was about to board a transatlantic flight with a bomb has been jailed for 12 months.
Kevin Flynn, 31, told police that the device was being taken on a New York-bound aircraft by Kerensa Flynn at either Heathrow or Gatwick airport. He made the anonymous call from a phone box in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, on July 31 after the couple had decided to end their relationship and she was to fly home to the United States.
Prosecutor Ed Hand told Chichester Crown Court the pair had been having problems in their four-year marriage for some time and had decided to separate.
‘His motivation was to get her stopped and humiliated,’ he said. Flynn called police with the allegations from their home, before making the hoax 999 call from a phone box some hours later.
At first he denied making the call but on further questioning admitted he had and that it was a hoax. Meanwhile officers were sent to Gatwick and Heathrow airports where Ms Flynn was intercepted, with no disruption being caused to other passengers.
Gareth Morgan, for the defence, said Flynn’s marriage woes had led to problems with alcohol and he had also been badly affected by witnessing the death of his best friend’s father in the months leading up to the incident.
The judge praised Flynn, of Ashburnham Close, Durrington, for having pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity.