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Man paid a friend to fake bomb threat so he could avoid work

Pic Shows: Aaron O Neill at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, 24-11-2015. Re: Aaron O Neill, of Chieftains Drive, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, who pleaded guilty to knowingly making a false report giving rise to apprehension for the safety of persons or property at Bath Road in January, 2015. Pic Collins Courts.
Tom Culshaw
Written by Tom Culshaw
ISIS, ISIS, ISIS, it’s all we seem to hear nowadays. However it seems some people (Aaron O’Neill pictured) has ‘tried’ to use all of the chaos to his advantage. Instead of using man flu as an excuse, he seemed to think that the only way to get out of a days work would be to pay a friend to call the police with a bomb threat!

Now, we know this is not funny, but it is a little bit.

Aaron O’Neill (20) decided wanted the day off from tech company Intel, so he paid pal Colin Hammond, 21, to stage a bomb threat from Islamic State.

According to the Irish Times, the men had been out drinking and taking tablets the night before the 6am bomb threat was made.

Hammond called using a payphone outside his home.

Of course, police had to take dramatic action over the suspected terror threat, shutting down a motorway, disrupting air traffic control and preventing 4,000 Intel staff from going to work.

Hammond told the emergency operator: ‘You will not find them, this is a warning, we’re everywhere now.’

And when asked which organisation he represented, he responded: ‘Islamic State’.


Judge Martin Nolan described the case as ‘profoundly stupid’, adding that ‘it is a very, very strange way to avoid going to work’.

Hammond admitted he made the call on his friend’s behalf and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service in lieu of a two-year prison sentence in October.

Judge Nolan said there was ‘no reason to depart from the same sentence’ for O’Neill.

The case has been adjourned until January to get a report from Probation Service to find out if he is eligible for community service.

Maybe next time stick to food poisoning,



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