Stiff sentence for fake bomb threat

A hoax threat to bomb City Hall posted on a little known social media website triggered 95 per cent of Public Transport Security Command’s manpower to be diverted to 18 MRT stations along the East-West, North-South and North-east Lines.
A hoax threat to bomb City Hall posted on a little known social media website triggered 95 per cent of Public Transport Security Command’s manpower to be diverted to 18 MRT stations along the East-West, North-South and North-east Lines. PHOTO: ST FILE

A 23-year-old man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for posting on a social networking site a fake bomb threat targeting City Hall.

District Judge Shawn Ho said such hoaxes waste considerable resources when the authorities are forced to respond. He said "it is vital to send a clear message... that bomb hoaxes and threats of terror attacks will be punished with substantial custodial sentences".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 09, 2016, with the headline 'Stiff sentence for fake bomb threat'. Print Edition | Subscribe