Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Bomb hoax suspect faces raft of charges

A man accused of a series of hoax bomb warnings and threatening to kill Chief Constable Matt Baggott is to face nearly 50 new charges, a court has heard.

Stuart Rankin allegedly made bogus claims that devices were left at a PSNI station, shopping centre and courthouses in Belfast and Derry. But he has now been further charged with hoax warnings about bombs in Craigavon and Newry.

Rankin (24), of Glencairn Crescent, Belfast, is also accused of more than 20 counts of harassment and threats to kill.

A total of 49 new charges were brought after he was released from custody on Tuesday to be questioned by police investigating the incidents. An officer told Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday that she could connect Rankin with the alleged offences.

All of the alleged offences occurred during July and August this year.

His lawyer, Brian Archer, indicated that medical reports have been prepared on his client.

Rankin was remanded in custody until next week, when he is due to apply for bail.

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