Alcohol ban for bomb hoaxer

Drunken threat was fired worker’s “act of revenge”

A sacked hotel worker who called in bomb threats at the Ritz-Carlton and Caribbean Club in a drunken “act of revenge” has been effectively banned from drinking alcohol. 

James Bernie Williams escaped jail yesterday after a judge decided to give him a “break.” The court heard that Williams was an alcoholic who had been fired from both establishments because of his drinking problem 

Williams was given a two-year suspended sentence, with probation conditions including a directive to stay away from bars and restaurants that serve alcohol and submit to random breath tests.  

“If you go out at night, you have to go to the movies, you can’t go to a bar or a restaurant, unless you find one that doesn’t serve alcohol,” Justice Alexander Henderson told Williams. 

If he breaches the terms of the probation order, the 53-year-old can be brought back to court and would be liable to spend two years in prison. He was also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service. 

Around 1,000 tourists, including a wedding party at the Caribbean Club, had to be evacuated when Williams called in the bomb threat on December 14 last year.  

Police traced the call to a cell-phone owned by an employee of the Ritz-Carlton, who told them Williams was behind the hoax, said Kenneth Ferguson, prosecuting.  

John Furniss, for Williams, said his client had admitted making the call and expressed remorse for the disruption caused. He said he had been frustrated after being fired and had made the call after he “overdid the alcohol.” 

He has since sought treatment at Caribbean Haven for alcoholism and now accepts that he deserved to be fired from his previous jobs, Mr. Furniss said. 

“Drinking has been his problem. He has taken steps to deal with his alcohol problem and we trust there will be no further criminal problems from him in the future,” he added. 

Justice Henderson accepted that Williams was of previous good character and there was little risk of him re-offending if he dealt with his drinking problem. 

He sentenced him to two years in prison but suspended the sentence, with a string of conditions attached. If he commits any other offense or is found drinking alcohol within the two-year probation period imposed, he could have to serve the two years in jail. 

He also has to submit to random drug and alcohol tests. If he is found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent, he can be brought back to court. 

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