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Antrim hoax caller Mitchell accused of breaching her bail conditions

By Nevin Farrell

Published 27/09/2016

Custody: Joanne Mitchell
Custody: Joanne Mitchell

A woman banned from phoning Crimestoppers has been remanded in custody, accused of breaching bail conditions.

Joanne Elizabeth Mitchell (43), of Greenview Avenue in Antrim town's Dublin Road estate, had been released on bail on a charge of making a hoax call in February to Crimestoppers, claiming that a bomb was doing to explode.

Her bail conditions banned her from contacting the charity, an anonymous tip-off hotline. She was also barred from accessing the internet.

But during a search of her house, police found nearly 30 devices capable of going online.

At Coleraine Magistrates' Court yesterday, Mitchell was remanded in custody accused of breaching her bail by contacting Crimestoppers via the internet at 3.51am on Sunday.

A police officer said that, given the nature of the report, the PSNI suspected it was Mitchell, and when they visited her home at 4.45am they found 28 items, such as computers, iPads and mobile phones.

Mitchell will appear at Antrim Magistrates' Court on October 11.

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