Sheffield bomb hoax caller wins reduction in jail term

Amanda Louise Pinder
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A woman who repeatedly threatened to blow up Sheffield police stations days after the Boston bombings has had her jail term reduced.

Amanda Louise Pinder told a South Yorkshire Police operator, ‘I’m going to blow the lot of you up’ during a series of terrifying hoax calls in April last year.

The 33-year-old, of East Bank Road, Arbourthorne, was jailed for four years in May after she admitting four counts of communicating false information.

But judges at London’s Appeal Court agreed with her legal team that the sentence had been ‘manifestly excessive’, and cut it by two thirds to 16 months.

Pinder’s barrister, Katherine Goddard, argued the original sentencing judge Robert Moore erred on the side of assuming Pinder knew about the US terrorist attack in Boston before making her hoax calls and overstated the seriousness of her offences.

The judge said she’d have to have been a ‘hermit’ not to know about the bombings.