News

Belgian man fined $1500 for Gladstone Airport bomb scare

People were evacuated form the Gladstone Airport terminal due to a bomb scare.
People were evacuated form the Gladstone Airport terminal due to a bomb scare. Ebony Battersby

MONDAY 10AM: The 50-year-old man responsible for a bomb scare, which led to the evacuation of Gladstone Airport on Friday afternoon, has been ordered to pay a $1500 fine.

Entering an early guilty plea at the Gladstone Magistrates Court, Raphael Gustaff Alida Sonck told the court he had not intended to incite fear in the community and was apologetic for the inconvenience he had caused to 200 people.

Mr Sonck appeared at the courthouse on one charge of bomb hoax- falsely state/inform bomb present after he mentioned explosives while being processed as a passenger.

Magistrate Russell Warfield acknowledged the severity of the crime, commenting such a crime could not be taken lightly, recording a conviction automatically and imposing a $1500 fine.

The Belgian man, who was intending to leave the country on Friday, surrendered his passport to police until the fine is processed.

MONDAY 8AM: A Belgian man allegedly responsible for a bomb threat that caused Gladstone Airport to be evacuated on Friday afternoon has been charged and will appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday.

Approximately 200 passengers and employees were evacuated at about 4.30pm before the bomb threat was confirmed as a false alarm.

The man's luggage was inspected by a bomb technician officer on Friday afternoon and found to contain no explosives.

Four police officers attended the scene on Friday afternoon, when flights in and out of Gladstone were put on hold while the bomb threat situation was handled.

The 50-year-old alleged offender has been charged with one count of falsely stating a bomb was present and was released on bail on Friday night.

Police allege the man was being processed as a passenger when he spoke about having explosives in his luggage.

Business returned to normal at Gladstone Airport from about 6.15pm on Friday when flights were resumed.

FRIDAY 9.58PM: Police have charged a 50-year-old man today following an incident at the Gladstone Airport around 4.22pm today.

Police will allege the man was being processed as a passenger when he spoke about having explosives in his luggage.

The airport was evacuated and a police bomb technician cleared the man's luggage.

The 50-year-old has been charged with one count of falsely state bomb present and is due to appear in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on March 31.

FRIDAY 6.25PM: THE Gladstone Airport reopened at about 6.15pm following a bomb scare, which caused the terminal to be evacuated.

Approximately 200 passengers and employees were evacuated, among them mother Julie Chesterman, who had only just seperated from her six year-old son, travelling upon a Virgin flight as an unaccompanied minor.

Ms Chesterman was escorted to the muster area next to the administration building as her son sat idle on an aeroplane awaiting take off from the runway.

"It makes me feel very uneasy," she said.

"The police were here almost immediately, but I hope whoever is responsible gets severely punished."

The alleged suspects were a man wearing khaki clothing and a woman in an orange t-shirt, carrying matching black and brown backpacks.

Both were searched by police before being transported to Gladstone Police Station.

FRIDAY 4.44PM: A BOMB scare brought Gladstone Airport to a standstill on Friday afternoon when a man alerted attendees that he was carrying an explosive in his backpack.

Flights were neither arriving or departing from the airport, which was evacuated at about 4.30pm.

Police assured crowds the situation was under control and the airport would be fully operational again within 20 minutes.

Rodolf Poinsonnet's flight was delayed as a result of the scare.

"I think my wife may divorce me if my flight gets cancelled," he said.

"I am very keen to get home. I have lost two days of work because of the rain and now this. Bloody Queensland."

Mr Poinsonnet said he felt reassured by authorities that the incident would be dealt with quickly.

It has been reported that the police apprehended two suspects at the scene.

Topics:  bomb threat emergency services gladstone airport



15 jobs up for grabs for tradies and labourers

READY TO WORK: Here are 15 jobs you can apply for today.

CQ companies have continued the call for workers.

'Exposed': Power companies, State MP hit back at smelter cuts

Boyne Smelters general manager operations Joe Rea announced job cuts due to increased power prices.

Politicians war of words over BSL's call to cut jobs and production.

9 Gladstone projects worth $20M council wants completed this year

BIG PROJECT: The council wants to fast track the $3.5m redevelopment of Lions Park as part of the Work For Queensland funding initiative.

HERE ARE 9 projects, worth $20M council wants to get off the ground

Local Partners

GALLERY: Goondoon Street beginning to look great

Stage one of the Goondoon Street upgrade is almost complete.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

Songs that get Gladstone 'hot, sweaty and wild'.

Cold Chisel concert at Stockland Park, Kawana.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

What song gets Gladstone people "hot, sweaty and wild”?

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

Nicole Kidman squirms through questions on Keith

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

'God, you guys are personal ... that’s for him to talk about'

Mark Salling's child porn court date cancelled

Mark Salling's upcoming court hearing has been cancelled

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!