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Bomb hoaxer who threatened to blow up a Queensland airport could be jailed for eight years

A ‘self-obsessed’ man shoved a knife down his pants, pulled out a fake bomb and chased his estranged wife through Brisbane Airport to get custody of his children, a court has been told.

Gamal Elsaied Elboushi, 51, from the Gold Coast is yet to be sentenced after pleading guilty in March to the 2019 bomb hoax, a weapons offence, stealing and assaulting police.

Elboushi smuggled a knife and fake bomb into the airport’s passenger terminal inside his suitcase. 

On Wednesday, prosecutors ask he be jailed for eight years. 








Gamal Elsaied Elboushi, 51, from the Gold Coast is yet to be sentenced after pleading guilty in March to the 2019 bomb hoax, a weapons offence, stealing and assaulting police over the 2019 incident (pictured)

Gamal Elsaied Elboushi, 51, from the Gold Coast is yet to be sentenced after pleading guilty in March to the 2019 bomb hoax, a weapons offence, stealing and assaulting police over the 2019 incident (pictured) 

He then remove the knife and placed it down his pants.  

He told Australian Federal Police the bomb contained C4 and he would detonate it unless he was allowed to take his children, who were at the airport, and travel back to Egypt. 

He also threatened to stab himself to death.

A Queensland police officer, who spoke Arabic, helped diffuse the situation, which ended when Elboushi was shot with non-lethal bean bag rounds.

The Brisbane District Court on Wednesday heard the Crown would ask for Elboushi to be handed an eight-year jail sentence and be required to serve at least half.

Magistrate Suzette Coates previously labelled his actions as ‘entitled’. 

‘They are a compelling set of facts as to his belief as to his entitlement to this behaviour, without any regard to any other people, his family, other members of the travelling public,’ she said. 

Elboushi has been remanded in custody to appear in court on July 29. 

The Brisbane District Court on Wednesday heard the Crown would ask for Elboushi (pictured) to be handed an eight-year jail sentence and be required to serve at least half

The Brisbane District Court on Wednesday heard the Crown would ask for Elboushi (pictured) to be handed an eight-year jail sentence and be required to serve at least half 

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