Man jailed over Twitter bomb threat

June 9, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

An ex-soldier who threatened to blow up a courtroom on his Twitter page has been jailed for five months.

Christopher Villaweaver, 23, posted the threat to blow up Worcester Crown Court using a chlorine bomb.

One message – under the username ‘Semtexpetn’ – posted on April 12 at 5.53pm read: ”Just decided that a chlorine bomb in a court room is the best idea so far.”

The court also heard Villaweaver wrote comments about Gordon Brown, remarking that he would better remembered as a Prime Minister if he was ”six feet under”.

Anti-terrorism software picked up the messages and alerted cops to the account which was traced to his IP address, magistrates were told.

When officers raided his home in Worcester they discovered bomb making instructions.

Villaweaver was found guilty of sending an electronic communication conveying a threatening message when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Sentencing him to 150 days in prison, Deputy district Judge Nala Lawrence told him: ”You have a previous conviction for this and you were given a community order and a detailed plan has been found of a crown court, a court involved in administering justice.

”This may have been a prank by you, we don’t know, but the consequences are very serious particularly to everybody working in this court.”

Villaweaver, who got discharged from the Army after developing epilepsy, was also slapped with a restraining order banning him from publishing any messages referring to possessing any explosive or chemical device for two years.

* Last month Paul Chamber, 26, was fined #1,000 after he posted a Twitter message joking blowing up his local airport near Doncaster.

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