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‘Profoundly stupid’ Intel bomb hoaxer jailed following drugs find

CourtsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Colin Hammond
Colin Hammond

The young man who was described by Judge Martin Nolan as being ‘profoundly stupid’ for calling a bomb threat into Intel’s headquarters so a friend could take the day off work, has been jailed for a separate offence.

Gardai found nearly €500 worth of cannabis  in 21-year-old Colin Hammond’s home last year.

The search arose after Hammond, claiming to be from Islamic State, called in a hoax bomb threat to the US multinational in Leixlip, Co Kildare.

Colin Hammond

The idiot shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work – all for the sake of €30.

Hammond, from Balbriggan in Dublin, had been drinking and taking “tablets” with a pal who paid him to make the calls because he didn’t want to go to work at Intel in Leixlip the following morning. His actions are believed to have cost the company millions of euro in lost man hours.

Colin Hammond

Hammond admitted he had made the call on his friend's behalf saying: “He hates work and I made a phone call so he wouldn't have to go to work.”

“You will not find them. This is a warning, we’re everywhere now,” Hammond told emergency services.

Hammond pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to being in unlawful possession of the cannabis herb at his home address on March 26th last year.

Colin Hammond

Judge Dermot Dempsey stated that he would consider imposing 200 hours of community service work in lieu of a three-month prison sentence.

However, Hammond failed to accept responsibility for his actions through the Probation Services, Judge Dempsey imposed the default order of three months.