Tattooed idiot Colin Hammond shut down a motorway, disrupted air traffic control and prevented 4,000 Intel staff from going to work – all for the sake of €30.
The 21-year-old, from Balbriggan in Dublin, had been drinking and taking “tablets” with a friend 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.
This week, Hammond was described by a judge in at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court as “profoundly stupid”.
The court heard how he made two 999 calls claiming there were bombs located at Intel which would go off in 12 hours.
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.
When asked who was making the call, he replied: “Islamic State.”
Hammond, of Bath Road, Balbriggan, Dublin, pleaded guilty to making a false report giving rise to apprehension for the safety of persons or property on January 13, 2015. He has no previous convictions.
Garda Eamonn McFadden told the court that 300 employees were evacuated from Intel and a further 3,700 staff were prevented from entering the site.
McFadden told the court that at a “conservative estimate” the incident lost Intel 6,000 hours of production.
Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the sentence to October and said he intended to impose 200 hours of community service in lieu of two years jail if Hammond is deemed suitable.
Garda McFadden told Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, that the M4 motorway was closed and there was also disruption to air traffic control in the location before authorities realised it was a hoax.
He said that one person prevented from attending Intel was the friend who had asked Hammond to make the call and who was getting a lift to work there as a subcontractor with his father.
Garda McFadden revealed that a month after the hoax, a taxi man arrived at Balbriggan Garda Station with a passenger who wouldn’t pay his fare. The passenger was Hammond and a garda at the station recognised his voice from the hoax call.
Judge Nolan commented that “every day presents a new surprise in this court.”
He said: “I thought I've heard very asinine tales but this (case) surprises even this court. He's demonstrated he's profoundly stupid with his behaviour, that's the only thing he's done”.