Edinburgh Airport drunk claimed he was a Jihadi with a bomb in his rucksack

A DRUNK lout turned up at Edinburgh Airport claiming to be a Jihadi with a bomb in his rucksack, a sheriff was told.

By Alexander Lawrie
Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:45 pm
Bomb claim: Edinburgh Airport
Bomb claim: Edinburgh Airport

Lee King, 36, caused alarm at the Capital airport when he told police officers he was a terrorist called Elijah during an alarming incident last November.

King had been seen acting “suspiciously” at the airport’s perimeter fence by a fire service watch commander and police were called in to confront him.

But when the officers arrived the drunk shouted he was carrying a bomb and had the detonator in his pocket.

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The brave constables grabbed and handcuffed King and following a search it was found the bomb claims were a hoax.

King, of Melksham, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to causing fear and alarm at Edinburgh Airport when he appeared at the city’s sheriff court earlier this year.

Sentence had been deferred and he returned to the dock where Sheriff Donald Corke decided to admonish him on the charge.

Previously the court was told King was seen at the perimeter fence near to the busy airport’s fire station at around 1.40pm on November 9 last year.

He was said to be in an “erratic and agitated” state and when police arrived on the scene he began shouting and swearing at the officers and was seen to be foaming at the mouth.

Fiscal depute Heather Carmichael said King shouted his name was Elijah and after handing over his driving licence he told them his picture made him look like a terrorist.

He then stated he was “a terrorist” and after backing away from the officers “he put his right hand in his jacket pocket”.

Ms Carmichael added: “He was told to remove his hand from the pocket but he shouted he had a bomb in his rucksack and had a detonator in his pocket.

“He stated ‘I’ll press it, I’ll press it, get back’ and he shouted ‘I am a Jihadi, I’ve been turned’.”

Following his arrest the drunk head butted the inside of a police van and had to be taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment.

Solicitor Eddie Wilson, defending, said his client, formerly of Cockburnspath, Scottish Borders, “clearly had an alcohol problem” and despite a lengthy record had stayed out of trouble for five years.

Mr Wilson added King had not actually set foot inside the airport grounds and was headed towards a nearby wooded area when he caught the attention of the fire service commander.

The lawyer said King currently works as a full time industrial cleaner in a factory in Wiltshire and though his behaviour was “erratic and unreasonable” there had been no danger to the wider public.

King pleaded guilty to behaving in threatening and abusive manner which was likely to cause fear and alarm by seeking to enter a restricted area, shout, swear, utter inflammatory remarks, state he was a terrorist and had a bomb in his rucksack and state he had a detonator in his pocket at Almond Road, Edinburgh Airport, on November 9 last year.

He also admitted to stating he was a Jihadi, uttering threats of violence, repeatedly banging his head on the inside of a police van and challenging police officers to fight with him on the same date.

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