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Sacked Amazon employee threatened to ‘petrol bomb office and assassinate bosses’

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Abduraham Omar, 21, was spared jail today though after a lenient judge suspended his four-month term for one year. A court heard Omar sparked a security alert at Amazon with guards monitoring the staff car park 24/7 after a strng of “very concerning” emails in October last year.

Threatened employees had to park in designated CCTV-monitored spots after the young man said he would “hunt down” the managers and they would be “assassinated sooner or later.”

And a recruitment company was also sent a number of threatening emails, including “someone is going to lose their life” and “the whole car park will be smoking”.

The threats came after Omar, from Small Heath, Birmingham, tried to apply for work at the retail giant again as they began hiring for the busy Christmas period.

His family were “struggling to put bread on the table” in October last year and he was applying at several companies, but was rejected because of Amazon’s character reference, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard.

Omar had been employed by the company in 2020 via a recruitment company, PNP Recruitment, but was dismissed in September 2020 due to “issues with his behaviour”, Birmingham Live reports.

Omar began sending the emails after approaching PNP to find out why he could not be rehired by Amazon for the festive season.

Roz Butler, prosecuting, said: “Following his frustration, he sent a number of messages to PNP with words to the effect that he would ‘get rid of the whole site, he will take the law into his own hands and petrol bomb all of the sites and assassinate the managers that fired him.'”

He also told Amazon that he would: “Hunt down the managers who fired him and the individual that blacklisted him and they would be assassinated sooner or later.”

Omar threatened that involving the police would only “cause more harm” and said he would “personally end his or her life” to the person who had entered his employment record.

Ms Butler described the emails as having contained “very concerning and nasty threats” to people from the two companies.

Due to the “nature of the threats”, Amazon had to take a number of precautions to ensure the safety of its employees, the court was told.

Guards were deployed to the staff car park 24 hours a day, workers were assigned “designated parking spaces” and all of the security were “made aware” of Omar.

Staff who had been specifically threatened were given allocated spaces which Amazon ensured were monitored by CCTV cameras, and others had to adjust their working patterns.

PNP Recruitment said the emails, which left staff concerned for their safety, included threats that the “whole car park is going to be smoking” and “someone is going to lose their life”.

After a police investigation, he pleaded guilty to two counts of sending emails conveying a threatening message between October 3 and 20 last year.

Ms Jan, defending, said Omar, was a “keyboard warrior making empty threats”, had been “ill-treated and bullied” at Amazon before he was dismissed from the company.

“He felt very aggrieved about being dismissed. His family was struggling, he is the primary carer for his father who is very ill,” she told the court.

“He has two younger siblings and with Christmas coming up, he heard they were looking for staff. He approached them and many other companies for employment.”

She added that Amazon’s reference had negatively impacted on his job prospects, with “every company he was going to rejecting him”.

“His family couldn’t put bread and butter on the table. His mother was abroad, he felt helpless.”

His mother was living in a third world country needing money to be sent to her at the time, Ms Jan added.

“He knows the way he has acted was impulsive and he is remorseful. He has fully co-operated with the police.

“These threats were empty. He was just a keyboard warrior. He was seeking answers. He felt there was a grievance he wanted the matter to get to an employment tribunal.

“No doubt this was out of character for him it was his first conviction.”

Omar will be required to carry out a rehabilitation order, with 30 days of activity. A two-year restraining order against contacting staff at Amazon and PNP Recruitment was also imposed.

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