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Lorraine King, Sub-Editor
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Swede was serving a suspended sentence for making hoax bomb threats when he made 120 more calls in seven months
A CONVICTED bomb hoaxer who made more than 120 prank calls to the emergency services during a seven-month long campaign has avoided jail again.
Southwark Crown Court heard Magnus Ebbesson, 35, of Buckley Road, Kilburn, was already serving a suspended prison sentence for making bomb threats to a major London hotel and department store when he embarked on his latest spree.
In dozens of drunken 999 calls, the Swede made a series of dramatic claims, at one point stating that his friend had been stabbed.
Prosecutors estimate that more than five-and-a-half hours was wasted dealing with the calls, potentially endangering the lives of genuinely sick people.
But judge Gregory Stone, QC, decided to suspend a four month prison sentence after hearing Ebbesson is planning to go into rehab and is attending alcoholics anonymous.
The judge told him: “You have come within a fraction of a millimetre of going to prison, and that if it happened would be for a significant period of time.
“The charge is wasting police time, but the real vice of this offence is that you could be taking emergency service time from people who genuinely need, and in those circumstances lives can be lost that can otherwise be saved.
“I have been persuaded, but only just, to give you another chance. If I ever have to deal with you again, you will be going to prison so fast that your feet won’t touch the ground.”
Ebbesson admitted a single count of causing a wasteful employment to the police between January 26 and August 15 this year.
He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.