British Teenager Sentenced for Chemical Weapons Hoax

A British court yesterday sentenced 17-year-old Andrew Bean to two years in a youth institution for conducting a chemical weapons hoax, according to the London Independent (see GSN, Sept. 8).

Prosecutors said that Bean, who pleaded guilty, had called an antiterrorism hotline last year and said that he was a member of terrorist group that was planning to release hydrogen cyanide in the London subway system.

Bean’s defense attorney, Graham Pressley, argued that his client had not been aware of the consequences of his hoax. “My client has come to court with an equal measure of stupidity and intelligence,” Pressley said (Alistair Keely, London Independent, Nov. 4).

November 4, 2003
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A British court yesterday sentenced 17-year-old Andrew Bean to two years in a youth institution for conducting a chemical weapons hoax, according to the London Independent (see GSN, Sept. 8).