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Disabled man vowed to 'execute' Northern Ireland politicians

By Ashleigh McDonald

A disabled man who rang an Alliance Party office and threatened to "execute" two politicians has been warned he faces prison.

Jonathan Ginn (33), from Dunraven Court in Belfast, appeared in Belfast Crown Court yesterday after admitting the offences dating back to October 2013.

Ginn, who has cerebral palsy and walks with what was described in court as a "distinctive gait", admitted placing a hoax bomb outside the Alliance office on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

He was also charged with trying to intimidate East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle.

It was his "distinctive gait" that helped link Ginn to both the bomb hoax and to making a call threatening two of Alliance members from a phone box in Portadown.

He was captured on CCTV on both occasions and identified.

Judge Gordon Kerr said he would pass sentence next Monday and added that "there is a likelihood this case will involve immediate custody".

The court heard that the offences were committed against a backdrop of loyalist protests which occurred following a decision to restrict the flying the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.

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