A St Dogmaels man who sent a fake bomb to an address in Cornwall with the intention of making the receiver fear it would ignite, explode and cause personal injury has appeared before Swansea Crown Court for sentence.
Lee Moody, 58, sent the fake parcel to an address in the coastal village of Flushing on December 21, 2022.
The homemade hoax explosive device, which he dispatched in a parcel from Guildford, Surrey, was so realistic that the authorities were initially unsure if it was real or a hoax. They were unable to reach their conclusion until they attempted to detonate the bomb.
Moody was listed to be sentenced this afternoon (Friday), however following a request from his defence barrister, the matter was adjourned for a further five weeks.
Dyfed Thomas, KC, informed Judge Geraint Walters that a detailed pre-sentence report which had been prepared by the probation service suggested that at the time of the offence, Moody was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder following what he described as a ‘life event’.
“When Lee Moody entered his plea of guilty, it didn’t seem that there was any real need to explore a full medical report,” he said.
“But reading the pre-sentence report, it formed the view that there were issues here concerning his emotional wellbeing and possible mental health issues.”
After listening to his request, Judge Walters agreed to a short adjournment.
“It’s a shame that it’s arisen on the day when he was due to be sentenced, but it’s appropriate that the court has all the relevant information before sentencing of this nature,” he said
Following Mr Thomas’s request, sentencing will now take place on April 28.
Moody was remanded in custody.