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Former TA soldier accused of bomb hoax at Gerry Adams' home granted bail

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/07/2015

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

A former TA soldier accused of causing a hoax bomb alert at the home of Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams must lodge a £5,000 surety before he is released from custody, a judge ordered today.

Eric Rohloff is also to surrender all passports and German identity cards as part of conditions under which he was granted bail.

The 39-year-old is charged with making a series of false bomb warnings at the homes of Mr Adams and senior party colleagues Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney.

Rohloff, of Clifton Road in Bangor, Co Down, is further accused of making threats to kill Sinn Fein's Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady.

He is alleged to have issued the threats through both the Samaritans and the party's offices in Armagh.

A separate charge involves causing a hoax bomb alert at an independent Islamic primary school in Luton.

Rohloff is accused of a total of 14 offences, including improper use of communications to cause anxiety and wasting police time by making false reports.

The charges cover a period between May 4 and July 6 this year.

He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court today by video-link to seek bail.

District Judge Ken Nixon granted the application, but imposed a series of conditions which must be met before Rohloff can be released.

The accused, who is understood to have been born in Germany, must hand over all identity documents and deposit the cash surety.

The judge also directed that Rohloff is to report to police three times a week once he leaves custody.

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