A 47-year-old man who made threats regarding explosives to a housing provider in front of a district judge has been jailed for two years.
Christopher Clapham, of Stamford Road in Blacon, Chester, was jailed at Chester Crown Court today, Friday 19 October, after earlier pleading guilty to communicating false information about a bomb hoax with intent and sending offensive electronic messages.
Clapham appeared at Chester County Court on Monday 2 July after a housing provider launched eviction proceedings against him due to the flat he was renting being kept in a poor condition over a period of four years.
After the district judge ruled in the housing provider’s favour and evicted Clapham from the property, he reacted angrily in court.
Clapham threatened the housing provider with the words ‘see what happens when you attend – I’ve explosives at the house’ before leaving the court.
Posts on Clapham’s Facebook later that day made further veiled threats towards the housing provider, with him ‘wishing their office buildings would go up in smoke’.
Police were informed and Clapham was arrested at his Blacon home on the same day.
Upon searching the property officers found what appeared to be an improvised explosive device.
Bomb disposal experts were called to the address and neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.
The device was later confirmed to be non-viable.
Police Constable Robert Marshall said: “Although Clapham claims that he made his remarks through anger and never intended on carrying out his threats, he still caused fear and intimidation.
“All Clapham had to do was adhere to the rules of the housing provider. Instead he chose to ignore them and is now facing the consequences of his actions with a two-year prison sentence.”
On top of his custodial sentence Clapham was ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.