Bomb claim student cleared.
Angela Sceats, 19, of Sydney, Australia, was found not guilty of communicating false communication with intent by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court after a two-day trial.
But a judge ruled that she should pay her own legal costs, estimated by judicial sources to be around pounds 15,000.
Miss Sceats spent 10 days in Holloway Prison, north London, after being remanded in custody by magistrates following her arrest in November.
'I just want to put this episode behind me,' she said as she left court.
'I've always maintained from the moment of my arrest that this incident was an unfortunate misunderstanding.
I would never intentionally cause a security alert.'
Jurors were told that Miss Sceats was working as a waitress in London during a break from travelling and was on her way to Stansted Airport to catch a Ryanair flight to Dublin.
She was running late and while on the train from Liverpool Street Station sent a text message to Angela Forster in Islington, north London, saying: 'Call the police and say there is a bomb on board.'
Miss Forster, who is also Australian, immediately rang 999 to report the text and police prevented three Dublin bound flights from leaving Stansted and considered shutting down the airport.
Miss Sceats was arrested when she arrived at Stansted.
Prosecutors alleged that she was attempting to delay the flight by sending the message and intended Miss Forster to believe it.
But Miss Sceats told the court that the message had been a 'stupid joke'. Recorder Rex Bryan, said after the jury had delivered the verdict: 'Had she been convicted she would have gone straight to prison
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 4, 2005|
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