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Antrim woman Mitchell faces bomb hoax trial

Published 08/11/2016

Joanne Elizabeth Mitchell was remanded into custody
Joanne Elizabeth Mitchell was remanded into custody

An Antrim woman has been ordered to stand before a jury accused of causing a bomb hoax in her hometown.

Appearing in the dock of town's Magistrates Court in a black Adidas track suit, blonde haired 43-year-old Joanne Elizabeth Mitchell confirmed she understood the single charge against her and that she did not object to the Preliminary Enquiry.

Mitchell, from Greenview Avenue in Antrim, is accused of communicating false information to Crimestoppers on 17 February this year in that she allegedly claimed there was an item "which was likely to explode or ignite" on the Dublin Road in the town.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court it was the Crown contention that the legal papers and statements disclosed a case for the defendant to answer and as defence barrister Richard McConkey had no contrary submissions, District Judge Alan White said he was satisfied there was a Prima Facie case.

Mitchell was told she had the right to give evidence to the PE herself or call witnesses on her behalf but she declined the opportunity and opted to remain silent.

Remanding Mitchell back into custody and granting legal aid, Judge White ordered her to appear before Antrim Crown Court on 6 December for her arraignment.

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