Thursday, January 25, 2007

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.


At Saturday, 27 January, 2007, Blogger Yzerfontein said...

I'm in two minds as to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I think in the end justice was served, the man got enough of a warning to joke about bombs on flights from Cape Town.


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