Alleged hoaxer named

A man who allegedly left a fake bomb at Dunedin Airport days after the Christchurch mosque shootings can now be named.

Preetam Prakash Maid (30) has pleaded not guilty to a charge under the Aviation Crimes Act and his name was suppressed at his first appearance last month.

However, at the Dunedin District Court yesterday morning, counsel Andrew McKenzie indicated continued suppression was not being sought.

Details of the man's employment remain suppressed.

It is alleged he left an "imitation explosive device'' at "a security-enhanced area'' in the airport on March 17.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.

Maid has elected trial by jury and has been on bail with the consent of police. He has surrendered his passport to police.

After the item was found last month, the airport was closed, an international flight was turned back to Australia and domestic flights were diverted.

New Zealand Defence Force personnel from Christchurch neutralised the device, which police said at the time was a black laptop bag.

A note was also found at the scene, police confirmed.

Maid is on bail at a Dunedin address. Other conditions bar him from going to Dunedin Airport, and from contacting his employer. He must also report to the Dunedin central police station twice a week.


 

 

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