Stamford Hill man jailed for hoax bomb threat in bid to catch plane
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Stamford Hill man jailed for hoax bomb threat in bid to catch plane

Jacob Meir Abdellak was running late for a flight from Gatwick to Los Angeles, so he decided to call the police to report a threat.

Sussex Police undated handout photo of librarian Jacob Meir Abdellak who  has been handed a 10-month sentence and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge at Lewes Crown Court after he made hoax bomb threat because he was late for his flight. t
Sussex Police undated handout photo of librarian Jacob Meir Abdellak who has been handed a 10-month sentence and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge at Lewes Crown Court after he made hoax bomb threat because he was late for his flight. t

A librarian has been jailed for making a hoax bomb threat because he was late for his flight.

Jacob Meir Abdellak was running late for the Norwegian flight from Gatwick to Los Angeles, so he decided to contact the police to report the threat.

He was handed a 10-month sentence and ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, Sussex Police said.

The anonymous call was made at 5.47am on May 11 – just eight minutes before the flight was due to depart, causing it to be delayed by 90 minutes.

Gatwick Airport investigated and found Abdellak was significantly late for the flight and was denied boarding by airline staff, who he became abusive towards.

Later his phone number was linked to the hoax call and his booking.

The 47-year-old, of Amhurst Park, Hackney, London, was arrested on May 22 when he returned to board another USA-bound flight.

On the first day of his trial, after previously denying the charge, he admitted communicating false information regarding a noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health.

The French national initially claimed he had lost his SIM card a few days earlier so the call could not have been made by him.

On Thursday, Gatwick Police chief inspector Marc Clothier said: “This was a quite ridiculous decision made by Abdellak, who fabricated an extremely serious allegation purely for his own benefit.

“His actions caused the flight to be delayed, and also caused a level of fear and distress among a number of staff and passengers on board that flight.”

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