Bomb hoaxer jailed for a breach

A MAN who caused the evacuation of Bundaberg State High School after leaving a bomb hoax message — and his telephone number — on the school’s answering machine has been jailed for breaching a court order.

Aaron James Jackson, 21, of Bundaberg, was sentenced to a six-month intensive correction order after he pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court on September 4 to telephoning the high school and causing the evacuation of 75 classrooms after staff found his message.

One of the conditions of the order was that Jackson stay out of trouble with the law.

But a month after appearing in court, Jackson was charged with assault causing bodily harm after punching an 18-year-old man in the face at a party, and faced another assault charge after attacking a Korean backpacker in the city’s central business district on November 5.

He was convicted of the charges in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on January 27.

Yesterday in the district court, Judge Keith Dodds labelled the 21-year-old a “lout and nuisance” as he sentenced Jackson to a prison term.

“One hopes a period in prison would smarten him up a little,” he said.

The judge sentenced Jackson to jail for the duration of the order with a March 20 parole date.



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