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Belfast man set to stand trial over spate of bomb hoaxes

By Alan Erwin

Published 06/04/2016

A man is to stand trial accused of a campaign of hoax bomb warnings in a Belfast neighbourhood, a judge has ordered
A man is to stand trial accused of a campaign of hoax bomb warnings in a Belfast neighbourhood, a judge has ordered

A man is to stand trial accused of a campaign of hoax bomb warnings in a Belfast neighbourhood, a judge has ordered.

Karl McCartan allegedly made a series of 999 calls claiming devices had been left in the Markets area of the city.

The 35-year-old, of Stewart Street, Belfast, is also accused of telling an emergency services operator of a threat to kill four drug dealers.

McCartan appeared before the city's Magistrates Court yesterday.

He faces 12 counts of communicating false information causing belief of an explosion, and a charge of making a threat to kill.

The alleged offences were committed over an 11-day period in October last year.

A defence lawyer did not contest prosecution submissions that McCartan has a case to answer.

The accused declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Granting a prosecution application, District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered him to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

McCartan was released on continuing bail until that hearing begins, on a date to be fixed.

Bail conditions include a ban on using the 999 system except in an emergency, and to surrender his mobile phone for examination if requested by police.

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