A man from Cambridgeshire has been given a suspended prison sentence for making a 'microwave bomb' which brought Cambridge city centre to a standstill.
27-year-old Robert Baker, of Toyse Lane in Burwell, pleaded guilty to placing a suspect device in a microwave.
On April 27th 2012 he appeared at Cambridge Crown Court and was sentenced to 9 months in prison, suspended for two years on provision that he receives mental treatment for a psychotic condition.
In September 2011 military bomb experts were deployed from RAF Wittering after Baker placed a plastic drinks bottle containing copper piping inside a microwave at Wellington House.
The offices, which are on East Road in Cambridge, were evacuated along with parts of Anglia Ruskin University. Hundreds of office workers and students were locked out for six hours while police searched the area.
Prior to sentencing the judge said that Baker had had a long troubled history with mental health difficulties.
The court heard that Baker had stopped taking his medication in June 2011 on the advice of his psychiatrist, causing a severe relapse into a paranoid psychotic state. It heard that the hoax bomb had not been filled with an accelerant, and that Baker had no intention of causing anybody harm.