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Isabella Jackson jailed for Obama death threat emails

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Image caption Isabella Jackson sent emails saying US President Barack Obama "was to be killed"

A Fife woman has been jailed for two years after she sent email threats to the US Embassy in London claiming there was a bomb on a plane.

Isabella Jackson, 68, from Buckhaven, Fife, also sent emails "likely to cause fear and alarm" which said US President Barack Obama was "to be killed".

The threats are understood to have caused a flight to be grounded at an American airport.

Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed her for two years at a hearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on 23 January.

The case came to light on Wednesday after it was mentioned during a Fife Council local area committee meeting.

In the emails, sent from her home in the Methil area, Jackson told US Embassy staff that there were to be explosions at the building in Grosvenor Square, London.

She further claimed that there was a bomb on board a US aircraft, and that President Obama was to be killed.

'Stern line'

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard Jackson later sent letters through the post, again containing threats to cause explosions.

The emails were written between 16 March and 7 July 2011.

Almost six months later she later sent similar emails to the US Embassy in Paris claiming that there was a bomb in the premises.

Ch Insp Graeme Kinmond, of Fife Constabulary, said: "She caused a great deal of trouble with her conduct.

"The court understandably had to take a very stern line.

"Globally, this caused a lot of problems and a great deal of work for us."

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