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Man jailed for hoax bomb threats to Aberdeen Sheriff Court

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A man has been jailed after making hoax calls claiming there was a bomb in Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Gary Annand, known as Simpson, 33, phoned up Aberdeen Journals and Northsound Radio on August 7 and made the claim while putting on a false Irish accent.

Fiscal depute Alan Townsend told the court the hoax was intended to cause a separate case to be put off so someone would be released from custody.

He added the court was subjected to a heightened security level and searched by police but nothing was found.

Simpson, a prisoner of HMP Grampian, pleaded guilty to making repeated phone calls giving people the false belief that a bomb was present within Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Defence agent Iain Hingston described it as “an act of folly and crass stupidity which he was always going to lead back to him”.

He added his client had “difficulties with some very serious and dangerous individuals” who claimed he owed them a drug debt and forced him to make the calls.

Mr Hingston said: “It was made crystal clear to him he was required to do all of this.

Sheriff William Summers jailed Simpson for 18 months.

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