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An employee of a kebab shop made a bogus bomb threat call to a cathedral in an effort to boost commerce for the evacuated congregation, a court has heard.
Anthony Moroncini, 52, was seen in CCTV footage using a phone booth near Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, to make the fake call and get more customers to flock to his nearby kebab shop.wikipedia
Moroncini, who gave the call manager his own name, told police he made the bogus call to increase the number of visitors to the kebab shop and promote his job prospects last month, Truro Crown Court heard.
Anthony Moroncini who used a phone box near Truro Cathedral in Cornwall
Miss Holly Rust, defending, said: ‘He was helping the kebab shop to buy food and the idea was to increase the number of visitors when the cathedral was evacuated. He was out of control. ‘
She said the homeless defendant did not think about the significant impact on emergency services and the public.
She said: ‘It was a single phone call and he gave his own name.
Prosecutor Ali Rafati said Moroncini has committed 93 crimes since 1994, most of them for dishonesty and violence.
He said the defendant said there was a bomb in the Cathedral and that armed police, dog units, bomb disposal teams and other 999 services were transferred to the scene.
He told police that he worked as an optical illusionist at the Eden Project and that he “wanted to make a boom.”
The bomb hoax took place the same month Moroncini tried to break through the doors of the Longreach Hospital mental health unit.
When he couldn’t get in, Moroncini yelled insults at security personnel and smashed the windshield of a car.
On September 9, the kebab shop worker damaged flowers outside a restaurant in Truro and then returned to the same restaurant to get himself a cake and milk.
On September 13, Moroncini started a fire near a Shell Garage after stealing a barbecue and defroster.
He also assaulted two members of security at the Truro Job Center a few hours later.
Today, Moroncini pleaded guilty to five counts of criminal damage, robbery, three robberies, a fake bomb, two assaults, and use of threatening, insulting or abusive words or behavior.
Judge Simon Carr jailed him for a total of 16 months.
He told her: ‘You have pleaded guilty to a catalog of crimes over a period of approximately ten days in early September and you were ill.
“Any bomb hoax is a serious crime and the effect it has on emergency services and the public.”
Anthony Moroncini Quick and Facts
- Anthony Moroncini, 52, used a phone box near to Truro Cathedral in Cornwall
- He made hoax bomb threat call to get more customers to come to kebab shop
- Judge Simon Carr jailed him for a total of 16 months at Truro Crown Court