Charges dropped against bomb hoax man
By Odette Ismail
25 January 2007
The charges against a man who joked about carrying a bomb on a Kulula flight out of Cape Town have been dropped in the Bellville Magistrates Court.
Barend Griffin , 26, was waiting to board a flight to Johannesburg when he claimed to have a bomb in a carton which contained a bathroom appliance.
Magistrate David Tonisi withdrew the charge against Griffin, brought under the Aviation Act, reports say.
Senior prosecutor Ronel de Jager said that staff checking his bag took it lightly and understood it was meant as a joke, because his baggage was loaded onto the flight and he boarded the plane too.