Sri Lankan passenger who threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane with 222 people aboard while high on ice his prison sentence is broken down because he is mentally ill
- Manodh Marks threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane in May 2017
- He was initially imprisoned for 12 years but that has been reduced to eight because he is sick
- Marks went to the cockpit with a bluetooth speaker that he claimed was a bomb
Manodh Marks threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane with 222 people on board
A man who threatened to blow up a Malaysia Airlines plane with 222 people on board had his sentence punished after being claimed to be seriously & # 39; psychiatric unwell & # 39; used to be.
Manodh Marks, the first person in Australia to be imprisoned for attempting to take control of an aircraft, could be on his way home to Sri Lanka in just two and a half years after the court of appeal made its bid for a diminished sentence.
Instead of the 12-year maximum and nine-year non-conditional release period, Marks received a reduced eight-year maximum sentence.
He has already served half of the new five-year non-conditional period.
Marks are deported to Colombo when his release is granted. His lawyer Paul Smallwood told the court that he was already on his way home when the incident took place in May 2017.
He was only released shortly before his departure from a psychiatric institution.
Within 15 minutes of taking off, he went to the Airbus cockpit door, held a device with blue flashing lights in his hand, and threatened that he & # 39; would blow up the plane & # 39 ;.
Armed police stormed the plane after Marks made the threats in May 2017
Instead of the 12-year maximum and nine-year non-conditional release period, Marks received a reduced eight-year maximum sentence
He had used ice between his release from the facility and on board the flight to Kuala Lumpur, a decision that Mr. Smallwood described as unwise.
& # 39; This is a man who was very, very psychiatric, & # 39; said Smallwood during the appeal hearing.
The device turned out to be a bluetooth speaker.
Prosecutors said that the fact that the device was not a real bomb did not destroy his moral fault, but that it was lower than if the bomb had actually been.
& # 39; They were terrorized exactly as if it were a real bomb & # 39 ;, said Justice Whmon Whelan in agreement.
The plane landed within 15 minutes, but it took 40 minutes for the security to arrive and passengers had to stay on board for nearly 90 minutes.
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