Sinhalese man sentenced to eight years in prison for purporting to hijack a plane

Friday November 08, 2019

An Australian Court of Appeal has reduced the prison sentence of a Sinhalese man who purported to hijack a passenger airplane.


Whilst flying on a plane to Sri Lanka via Malaysia in May 2017, Manodh Marks claimed to have had a bomb in his possession and ran towards the cockpit door, before being tackled by passengers.


Last year, Marks was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison by a County Court in Victoria.


On appeal, however, Victoria's Court of Appeal today reduced his sentence to 8 years in prison. 


Marks had claimed his actions were induced by drugs and had no intention of hijacking the plane.



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