A TEENAGER who emailed a hoax bomb threat to schools in Hampshire has been jailed for three years.
Schools in the county were among hundreds evacuated across the country when 19-year-old George Duke-Cohan sent out malicious messages on two occasions earlier this year.
The sadistic teen of Mutchetts Close, Watford, said he was inspired to carry out the crime by the Columbine High School massacre in the United States in 1999, in an email sent to Marlborough College – the Wiltshire school attended by the Duchess of Cambridge.
His actions also extended to faking a report of a hijacked aircraft in the USA, purporting to be a worried father.
He was sentenced to three years behind bars today at Luton Crown Court by judge Richard Foster, after admitting three counts of making hoax bomb threats in September.
The recorder of Luton told him: ‘You knew exactly what you were doing and why you were doing it, and you knew full well the havoc that would follow.
‘You were playing a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities.
‘You were playing a game for your own perverted sense of fun in full knowledge of the consequences.’
In his sentencing remarks, the judge added: ‘The scale of what you did was enormous.
‘Schools were evacuated and, where they were not, those in charge had to take agonising decisions.’
Judge Foster also told the court of the massive repercussions which followed Duke-Cohan’s plane hijacking hoax in August.
‘The passengers and crew on that flight on 9th August must have been terrified when their plane was taken to a quarantined area, and, apart from the financial cost, the onward travelling plans and connecting flights would have been in disarray,’ he added.
The teenager was sentenced to one year for the emails sent to schools and two years for the airport security scare.
The judge said for the purposes of sentencing he accepted Duke-Cohan has autism spectrum disorder.