An airport security officer who planted a fake bomb was “cruel” in executing his plan two days after the Christchurch mosque attacks, a judge said.
Preetam Prakash Maid (32) appeared in the Dunedin District Court for sentence yesterday and was jailed for three years after a jury in November found him guilty of a charge laid under the Aviation Crimes Act.
The court heard the defendant maintained his innocence.
But Judge Michael Crosbie called it a “strong circumstantial case” against Maid, who had previously trained staff in screening for restricted items including improvised explosive devices (IED) like the one he constructed.
Source: Otago Daily Times