LONDON — 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 from a phone booth 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 in her wedding gown while the building was evacuated.
McArdle, 36, was arrested the same day and admitted that he made the call because he had forgotten to fill out the paperwork for the wedding.
"He did say several times how embarrassed and ashamed he was and how sorry he was," said prosecutor Derek Jones.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England sentenced McArdle to 12 months in jail.
Defense lawyer Charles Lander said McArdle and Williams are still together.