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A Hamilton man has been jailed for 23 months in a hoax that led hundreds of national security officers on a 12-day wild goose chase to stop a truck bomb from being exploded at Queen's Park.
Norm Edward Davey, 46, was charged last March 2 by an RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team for public mischief and obstructing justice in connection with the plot.
He pleaded guilty last week to an agreed statement of facts and was sentenced to 23 months in jail in addition to seven months of pretrial custody.
Davey was also placed on three years of probation, banned for life from owning weapons and ordered to deposit a DNA sample to a police data base.
He is also being investigated in connection with a homicide by Halton Regional Police.
Police said the hoax led to hundreds of officers from the RCMP, CSIS, OPP, Toronto, Peel, Halton and York forces being placed on alert and working around-the-clock for 12 days to prevent a terrorist blast against the Ontario Legislature, where Lieut.-Gov. David Onley and Premier Dalton McGuinty have their offices.
The hoax called for a cube van filled with more than 100 bags of ammonium nitrate to be ploughed into the Legislature and exploding on impact causing significant damage.
It was a similar bombing method that was planned for use against city landmarks and government buildings by the Toronto 18 terror ring before they were rounded up.
Davey claimed up to 22.5 kg bags of ammonium nitrate and four 50-gallon drums of diesel had been stashed in a warehouse for use in making the bomb. He even showed police a photo of bags of ammonium nitrate, which cops said later he obtained from the Internet.
Davey claimed the bomb builder had previously assembled an explosive weapon that blew up a Sudbury police station in the 1990s.
The fabrication fell apart after he twice refused to undergo a lie detector test.
"That there was no plot to blow up anything," police said afterwards.
"He gets off on the excitement of being investigated or being involved in the investigation."
RCMP Sgt. Marc LaPorte said dozens of officers were investigating the threat that saw around-the-clock surveillance placed on two suspects, one who lived in North Bay.
LaPorte said the investigation cost several $100,000, including about $70,000 that was spent on surveillance.