‘We need to talk’
Ryan Summerlin November 5, 2013
LONDON (AP) — A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he’d neglected to book the venue for his wedding was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail. Neil McArdle called Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall on his scheduled wedding day in April, claiming a bomb was due to go off in 45 minutes. His fiancee, Amy Williams, was left standing in the street while the building was evacuated. McArdle, 36, was arrested the same day and admitted he made the call because he forgot to fill out the paperwork for the wedding. Judge Norman Wright said McArdle had frightened staff at the venue with his hoax — which came days after the Boston marathon bombings — and let down his fiancee. “You did not say ‘We need to talk.’ You tried to weasel your way out by creating a bomb hoax so the wedding would not take place.” Defense lawyer Charles Lander said McArdle and Williams are still together.