A man with an “obsession” with Covid-19 was imprisoned after sending suspicious luggage to a vaccine factory, causing fear of a bomb.
The court heard that Anthony Collins, 54, sent a similar parcel to a laboratory at 10 Downing Street and Wuhan, China.
Oxford / AstraZeneca jabs production on the Welsh premises of Wrexham ceased in January, causing a “turbulence.”
Collins from Kent appeared in the Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday after being convicted of mailing an article to provoke the belief that it could explode or ignite.
In his trial, police were called in and heard that the Army’s Explosives Disposal (EOD) unit (bomb disposal team) was dispatched to the site of the Wokhart Vaccine Factory on January 27.
Only after the package exploded behind 100m Cordon was it possible to confirm that it did not contain explosives.
Similar luggage sent by Collins to 10 Downing Street in AstraZeneca, Gloucestershire’s US Air Force base, Wuhan’s laboratory, and Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be the leader of North Korea, was intercepted.
Collins had an “obsession” with viruses and vaccines, his trial was reported.
Barrister Janice Brennan said Collins had been diagnosed with a personality disorder and had been “obsessed” with sending letters and parcels for about 30 years.
“He’s a lonely and boring person, and he finds it very difficult to deal with normal life,” she added.
After passing the ruling, Judge David Griffith-Jones told Collins:
“I’m not explaining your actions here. It was deliberately sending a hoax of a bomb that was completely familiar with causing horror and mayhem.”
He said Collins’ claim that the contents of the package were intended to help scientists at Wokhart’s site was “childish and quite twisted.”
Collins was sentenced to 27 months in prison and he had already spent a considerable amount of time remand to be remanded.
A total of 120 people had to evacuate and production of the vaccine was stopped, but the batch could be recovered later.
The EOD team detonated the device and was found to be free of explosives.
Instead, it included a calculator, garden gloves, four batteries, a “yellow biohazard bar,” a service wipe, and a large amount of paper, the jury said.
One of the documents inside contained the name and address of Collins.
When arrested, Collins told police that the intention of sending the package to Wokhart was to help scientists and the government deal with Covid-19.
Wockhardt, a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, provided filling and finishing services for the Oxford / AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the final step in vailing the vaccine.
Detective Adam Marshall, a senior investigator in the Kent Police case, said:
“The device he sent was not a viable explosive, but there are all reasons people in the field believe there is a threat to their safety, and they act diligently and thoroughly in the right way. bottom.
“Thankfully, the turmoil caused by Collins wasn’t substantive, but his actions were an unnecessary distraction.”