Drunken bomb hoax gets thirty days jail time

| 21/07/2011

(CNS): Thirty-five year old Arnold Lee was sentenced to 30 days in prison and deportation back to Trinidad by Justice Alex Henderson last week for giving false information to the police in a false bomb hoax. On 14 March of this year, Lee called the Emergency Operator (911) a number of times requesting a psychotherapist and claiming he’d called the “wrong number”. The operator referred him to the George Town Hospital realizing that he was obviously intoxicated. A short time after, Lee called once again. This time he was insisting on speaking to the inspector and the operator suggested he call the RCIPS number. Lee said, “This is a bomb threat,” just before hanging up.

During the incident the operator called him back and Lee gave her a false name, claimed to be Muslim and that he had planted C-4 explosives on the island. He gave the operator his address and told her that he needed assistance. Police arrived at his residence and gave him a warning then left. They later returned to arrest him on the mentioned charges.

Lee has attended Alcoholics Anonymous and counselling for his alcohol problem and has been sober since the event occurred.

As he handed down the month long sentence, Justice Henderson told Lee that a bomb hoax was a serious offence and always attracted a period of imprisonment but given the circumstances the judge limited the sentence.

16-year-old Ashleigh Hydes is a summer intern with CNS

Category: Local News

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  1. Rorschach says:

    Wait….according to the report the police attended his residence, gave him a WARNING, and then LEFT??….only to return a short time later to arrest him??   WTF People…THIS is what is wrong here….he should have been arrested the FIRST TIME….they probably only went back when they realised that outside agencies were involved…and they couldn't just sweep it away with a "warning"…CoP..YOU Need to address this "warning' mentality that your officers seem to have adopted as common practice…

  2. Jayman-WTF! says:

    Good riddance…… should have gotten longer jail time but at least he got what he deserved….. get ya a** packin'…. bye bye seeeeee yaaa…. let me guess though…. is the gov't goin' to 'stick to their guns' and not let this man back here AT ALL… or to no surprise he'll be back some time later in the future because I've some weird things slip through the cracks and ask W.T.F?! Only in Cayman….. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    This guys sound like not a nice guy. Joke around with bomb not funny. Maybe the drink got him goof in the head. Him should go get fixed in other place. Send him off island and get him help.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As my  three year old son says: "DAT'S WHA YUH GET!"

  5. Anonymous Addy says:

    Good to see the police solved a 'crime'…#WINNING -___-

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just wish people would think before they drink!

    • Libertarian says:

      I understand Lee was a Security Officer that was well-stressed by domestic issues (so I have perceived). He was a pleasant man with no history of previous offences. It is just sad that somehow, alcohol consumption got the better of him. I hope he has learnt his lesson, for his safe journey back home, and that he is able to make a decent living.

  7. Anonymous says:

    why was this person in Cayman at all