Joke's on teen who made bomb hoax call

AN IPSWICH teen who was involved in a bomb hoax call to the Roma Courthouse in western Queensland was trying to reach central Roma St court in Brisbane.

Daniel Jagger Hyde, 18, was jailed yesterday after pleading guilty in Ipswich District Court to committing a bomb hoax.

The court heard on August 6 last year Hyde and a friend were drinking when his friend used Hyde's phone to call the Roma courthouse - thinking it was the much busier Roma St courthouse.

The phone was answered by a female receptionist, and the caller told her there was a bomb in the courthouse.

"Oi … you slut, there's bomb in the courthouse you dirty slut. We're going to blow you to bits," he said.

Another man was heard laughing in the background.

Ten minutes later Hyde called the courthouse on the same phone and told the court registrar it was his 10-year-old younger brother who made the call and gave a false name, which he later told police was the name of someone who had "dobbed him in" to other charges.

The Crown argued the second call was made by Hyde in an effort to "cover his tracks".

Roma police were immediately called and the court was evacuated.

At the time, district court was sitting with lawyers, the judge and associates, court support staff and a jury among those who had to be evacuated.

The court heard the woman who took the initial call said she was terrified and afraid for her life.

The court heard when police read to Hyde what was said to the woman during the initial bomb threat he laughed.

Judge Sarah Bradley said she was sentencing him on the basis that he didn't make the initial call, but that his second call did little to allay the fears of those inside, that his phone was used with his consent and his laughter during and after the call showed his lack of concern.

He was sentenced to nine months jail with a parole release date in three months.


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