Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mum Admits Bomb Hoax; Phone Calls All Just a Bit of a Joke

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Mum Admits Bomb Hoax; Phone Calls All Just a Bit of a Joke

Article excerpt

"THERE'S a bomb and everyone has to evacuate immediately."

It was the alarming phone call a Boonah bank branch received in October last year, sparking a mass evacuation of staff and customers.

Krystal Maree Gabriel, 28, called three businesses on the same day, telling them she heard a rumour there was a bomb in the building or she had information to suggest there was.

Gabriel called the NAB Bank, the IGA supermarket and the post office between five and seven times.

She also called Ipswich Police and told them there was a bomb at the Commercial Hotel in Boonah.

All four business had to be evacuated and searched before staff and customers could go back inside.

She then called 000 five times and asked why "her threats had not been taken seriously".

The Mount Alford woman later told police she made the hoaxes as a joke and settle a $210 drug debt.

She was told "if she did it she wouldn't have to pay the drug debt".

Gabriel pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court to four counts of bomb hoax. …

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