A FORMER Durrington man has been jailed after making a hoax call claiming his wife was trying to board a plane while carrying a bomb.
Kevin Flynn, 31, caused chaos after he called police claiming his wife was travelling to America with a bomb in her bag either at Heathrow or Gatwick Airport.
Today (Monday, October 10), Flynn, now of Wellington Road, Bognor, appeared at Chichester Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Flynn originally appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 31, to plead guilty to making the phone call from a phone box in Bognor to Sussex Police on July 31.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Flynn was acting out of malice towards his wife who he knew was intending to fly to New York that day but he did not know which flight.
“So he made the call which resulted in urgent police enquiries at both airports but specifically at Heathrow as flights from Gatwick do not currently go to New York.
“In his call Flynn alleged his wife had damaged property and stolen money that belonged to him in their flat, so when she was found boarding a British Airways flight at Heathrow, she had to be interviewed in order to establish the falsity of that statement too, although she subsequently caught a later flight.
“Flynn acted without care for any anxiety or disruption he might cause and our investigation and the sentence reflects the seriousness with which we and the courts take such hoaxes.”
Flynn was ordered to serve the first month in custody and the remainder on licence, subject to no further re-offending during that period.
He is also due to appear at Worthing Magistrates Court on Wednesday, October 12, having pleaded not guilty to a separate offence of assault by battery on 32-year old Bognor woman on July 20.