26 Mar 2014

Prison sentence for hoax bomber

11:56 am on 26 March 2014

A man who used a bomb hoax to rob a bank in south Auckland has been sentenced to prison for more than six years.

Clive McKay, 47, from Tuakau, had pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and also a charge of cultivating cannabis.

McKay held up the BNZ in Manukau in February and left what he claimed was an explosive device, threatening to detonate it remotely.

Only a small amount of cash was taken, but the incident caused significant disruption in a busy area, and the Defence bomb squad had to be called out.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Ellwood said the public response that helped lead to the arrest was outstanding.