A mentally unstable woman who made hoax bomb threats towards two Illawarra schools which her children attended has had her charges dismissed on mental health grounds.
Court documents say the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been involved in a “serious incident” with Family and Community Services a few days prior, prompting the service to remove the children from her care.
The woman rang the two northern Illawarra schools within minutes of each other on a Monday morning in August last year.
“There’s a bomb in the school, you need to evacuate,” the woman screamed down the phone in the first call before hanging up.
Four minutes later she called the second school and said “I’ve put a bomb in the school, I will blow it up.”
Both schools were immediately evacuated.
Police attended and carried out a thorough search of the grounds at both locations however nothing adverse was discovered.
The woman was arrested at a house in Farmborough Heights a short time later.
She made further threats against the school while in custody, at one stage saying “next time I will actually blow it up”.
She then said “I only called the schools and made the bomb threats because I wanted to see my babies”.
The woman was charged with two counts each of giving false information person/property in danger, using a carriage service to make hoax threat, and assaulting police.
She pleaded guilty to the charges in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday but successfully applied to have them dealt with under mental health legislation after producing a psychiatrict report confirming she had schizophrenia.