Jewish mom jailed for hoax bomb threat to UK synagogue

Jewish mom jailed for hoax bomb threat to UK synagogue

Claire Mann, who also tried to frame another mom for failing to invite her daughter to a birthday party, gets three years in prison

Finchley United Synagogue (David Hawgood / Wikipedia)
Finchley United Synagogue (David Hawgood / Wikipedia)

A Jewish mother who made a hoax bomb threat to a London synagogue and attempted to blame another mother at her daughter’s school has been sentenced to three years in prison.

The woman, Claire Mann, 43, sent threatening messages to the wife of a local rabbi warning of a bomb in the Finchley United Synagogue. She also sent herself similar texts in an attempt to frame another woman, Roz Page.

Mann was accused of harassing Page after her daughter did not receive a birthday party invitation from Page’s daughter.

The incidents occurred in 2013. The sentence was handed down in a London court on Monday, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

One of the texts claimed there were explosives in a hotel where Israeli travelers were staying and asked the rabbi’s wife to “please arrange evacuation.”

During the sentencing, Judge Robert Morrison told Mann her actions against Roz were “spiteful and malicious.”

According to the Jewish Chronicle, Mann pleaded for leniency on behalf of her daughter, who is now 11, and said she had been ostracized by the Jewish community over her actions.

“Not only have I been judged in this court, but I have been judged in the court of public opinion,” she said.

“You are right when you say you have been shunned by your community because of these actions — but that is your fault,” the judge replied.

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