A person who used a pretend bomb to deliver a Queensland airport to a standstill had “malicious and self-serving” motivations to trigger mass panic and instil worry within the public.

Longing to see his kids after separating from his spouse, Gamal Elsaied Elboushi hatched a determined plan that culminated in a dramatic standoff at Brisbane Worldwide Airport final 12 months.

His terrified household and different passengers scrambled away after he ambushed them on the terminal, earlier than brandishing a knife and threatening to detonate a pretend bomb.

Even whereas surrounded by police the Gold Coast man remained defiant, saying he didn’t care whether or not he died and had needles stuffed with “snake venom” in his wristbands.

Particulars of the 52-year-old’s terrifying rampage have been revealed at Brisbane District Court docket on Monday.

Gamal Elsaied Elboushi. Picture: 9 News
media_cameraGamal Elsaied Elboushi. Image: 9 Information

Elboushi, a distinguished cinematographer and movie producer who had received awards for his work, sat silently within the dock throughout the sentencing listening to.

He had pleaded responsible in March to a string of prices, together with making a bomb hoax, illegal stalking, possessing a weapon and making a false assertion which will be inferred that there’s a plan to break or destroy a commonwealth air navigation facility.

Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso detailed his meticulous and elaborate plan, spurred over his desperation to see his younger daughters.

Elboushi, from Egypt, and his ex-wife had separated in 2017 however he was capable of observe their actions utilizing a Google search historical past obtained from one in all his daughters.

He even travelled to Caboolture on three events to search out the trio.

On February 2, 2019, he “ambushed” his household on the airport after confirming the flight particulars of his ex-wife’s mom.

Dramatic footage was performed to the court docket displaying Elboushi chasing his ex-wife and daughters by the terminal, earlier than brandishing a knife within the meals court docket.

Panicking passengers scrambled away as he positioned the pretend bomb – hid in a suitcase – on a desk earlier than revealing what appeared like a detonator.

Passengers were evacuated and at least nine planes were turned around as Elboushi held up the airport. Picture: Supplied
media_cameraPassengers have been evacuated and no less than 9 planes have been rotated as Elboushi held up the airport. Image: Provided

Ms Kelso stated police and a close-by safety officer displayed “vital restraint” and bravado over the subsequent three hours as Elboushi entered a standoff with authorities.

She stated Elboushi tried to kick the safety guard off-screen.

“He recognized to an officer he had needles poking by the bands on his wrists and people had snake venom in them,” Ms Kelso stated.

“When the officers raised there have been nonetheless households within the space … he informed officers he didn’t care.

“He informed police his purpose was to return to Egypt together with his daughters.”

Extra officers have been deployed to a location in Surfers Paradise automobile park after Elboushi informed police one other IED was in that space.

“His motive for these might solely be malicious and self-serving,” she stated.

He was subdued when officers shot him with non-lethal bean bag rounds.

Police discovered a fuel masks which Elboushi stated was in case some kind of fuel was deployed to subdue him.

Throughout his police interview, he revealed how he was capable of find his household and expressed “displeasure of girls having the identical rights as males in Australia”.

The suspicious device that shut down Brisbane Airport. Photo: Queensland Police Service
media_cameraThe suspicious gadget that shut down Brisbane Airport. Picture: Queensland Police Service

Defence lawyer Angus Edwards stated Elboushi’s offending was akin to “a cry for assist”.

“There is no such thing as a doubt what he did was appalling and was not going to attain what he hoped would obtain,” Mr Edwards stated.

“He simply wished to see his kids – he went about it in a prison manner.

“It’s a merciless irony {that a} man who was in such emotional misery over not having the ability to see his daughters for over 12 months has created for himself a scenario the place the time during which he’ll be capable of see his kids sooner or later is that a lot additional away.”

Mr Edwards stated his consumer was remorseful and whereas his offending was self-interested, it couldn’t be thought-about “malicious” as he was too centered on his personal emotional ache.

“He clearly hadn’t thought-about how a lot this may have affected his kids,” he stated.

“He was overwhelmed by emotions of frustration and emotion.”

Mr Edwards submitted Elboushi’s time in custody can be harsher as English was not his first language and he had numerous well being points.

He stated Elboushi had been assaulted six instances in pre-sentence custody by prisoners who thought he was a “terrorist”.

Choose Suzanne Sheridan adjourned Elboushi’s sentencing to Tuesday to think about her resolution.

Initially printed as ‘Self-serving’ cause for bomb hoax rampage


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