New Zealand: Three years in prison for fake bomb maker


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.

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Source: Otago Daily Times