Legal dept threat a hoax

| 18/08/2011

(CNS): Update 6:15pm — Police have now confirmed that the bomb threat made this afternoon to the government's legal department was a hoax. On Thursday 18 August three separate calls were made around 3pm by the hoaxers — two to George Town Police station and one to the legal department, which is located at dms House in George Town’s business district. The building and those nearby were all evacuated as police and emergency services converged on the scene following the threat. “Explosive sniffing dogs and their handlers meticulously searched the dms building for any devices which may have been planted but nothing was found,” a police spokesperson revealed. (Photo Dennie Warren Jr)

At 5:20pm the all clear was given and all roads were re-opened but the Specialist Support Unit is still carrying out investigations into the matter. The RCIPS said it was grateful to the management and staff of the various businesses in the area, especially those at the dms building for their co-operation during the investigation.

The legal department occupies the ground floor office of the building in Genesis Close, where one of the calls was made to a receptionist. As well as being home to the Attorney General's Chambers, the office also houses the director of public prosecutions and her staff, who are responsible for criminal prosecutions.

Section 206 of the penal Code (2010 Revision) states that a “Bomb Hoax” is an offence, and on conviction a person can be sentenced up to ten years imprisonment and a fine of ten thousand dollars.

Category: Crime

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  1. K9 expert says:

    Explosive detection dogs are really the best method to detect bombs!

     

  2. Anonymous says:

    Was it Boris or Misty that cleared up the problem?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The law is very harsh in dealing with this sort of crime.

    i hope the offenders know the loss it puts on businesses to have to hault operation for hours to allow for the police to do their work.

  4. Anonymous says:

     'Explosive sniffing dogs (plural) and Handlers (plural)? Really….That'll be the illegal by Cayman Law Rottweiler 'trained' for explosives then will it? And no, the police don't have an exemption.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I thought the headline related to a threat to ensure the due investigation and prosecution of all corruption, and protect principles of good governance. My bad.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a very serious offense and should not be taken lightly. I hope the police and judiciary will apply the full extent of the law upon the guilty party(ies).  What is this country coming to?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Things to come.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And (having come from a city where we were accustomed to bomb scares (both real and hoax), the evacuated area was nowhere big enough had it been for real.  Many of us were not evacuated even though working in the immediate vicinity and watching all the commotion outside our offices.

  9. Anonymous says:

    And what if there ever is a real bomb incident here?  RCIPS does not have a bomb disposal team. What, we'll wait while they fly one in (hope it's not at the airport!!)? Just asking.