Faversham hoaxer lied to police about hotel bomb to ‘get lift home’ from officers

A drunk teenager from Faversham told police he’d put a bomb in a Maidstone hotel in an effort to get a lift home, a court has heard.

George Brazil rang 999 four times on January 7, telling police his name was ‘Mr Bomb’ and that he’d put a nail bomb in the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Ashford Road, Hollingbourne.

The entrance to The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel
The entrance to The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard how Brazil, 19, had sparked a major police response at the hotel, which was being used as a temporary court at the time, and that Special Branch teams and firearms officers had descended on the venue.

Prosecutor Alan Balneaves told the court Mr Brazil had been drinking and was intoxicated prior to the calls and added: “He decided the best way to get back home (via police) was to make a bomb hoax.”

He said: “Kent Police received four 999 calls from a gentleman who said he was Mr Bomb.

“There were a number of calls. He said he had a nail bomb and said he was in Isis. He also gave his name, address and date of birth.”

Mr Balneaves said there had been no explosives involved but that the calls led to huge amount of police work, including the involvement of Special Branch.

Medway Magistrates' Court
Medway Magistrates’ Court

“The police did not see it at the time as somebody who was drunk and making calls to get a lift home,” he added. “It was amateurish at best and foolish.”

Defence solicitor Wayne Crowhurst said the actions of Brazil, who was 18 at the time of the offence, were partly explained by the influence of alcohol and a “lack of maturity”.

“He’s also autistic which might explain the repeated phone calls,” he added. “He had an argument with a young lady and he couldn’t get home so he thought he would phone the police.”

Mr Crowhurst also explained Mr Brazil was proficient in building computers, adding: “with the right guidance he could have a bright future.”

Brazil pleaded guilty to telling police false information with the intention of inducing them to believe a bomb was present at the Mercure Great Danes Hotel.

District Judge Stephen Leake imposed a six month prison sentence, suspended for 24 months.

He also ordered Brazil to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation activity days, as well as pay £85 costs and a £115 surcharge.

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