jueves, 24 de octubre de 2013

Groom jailed for wedding day bomb hoax - Stuff.co.nz

A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he'd neglected to book the venue for his wedding has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Neil McArdle called Liverpool's St George's Hall from a phone booth on his scheduled wedding day in April, claiming a bomb was due to go off in 45 minutes.

The 36-year-old realised he had not filled out the correct forms and rang in the emergency threat on the morning of the ceremony, the Mirror reported.

McArdle did not have the heart to inform his bride-to-be Amy Williams of his mistake after seeing her "looking amazing" on their wedding day, the Liverpool Crown court was told.

Police quickly descended on the hall, shutting it down as they looked for a bomb. Williams was left standing in the street in her wedding gown.

Her sister suspected her soon-to-be brother-in-law outside the venue, as she raged at him: "You've probably done the bomb hoax yourself!", the court heard.

McArdle was arrested and admitted that he made the call because he had forgotten to fill out the paperwork.

On Tuesday a judge at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England sentenced him to 12 months in jail.

Defence lawyer Charles Lander said McArdle and Williams are still together.

- AP

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