Man avoids prison term following hoax bomb call
A Ballycastle man who made a hoax telephone call saying there was a bomb in a local pub has escaped a jail term.
Suspending the four month sentence for two years, District Judge Liam McNally told 58-year-old Noel McGinn that while his crime would normally see him going straight to jail, he was taking account of the defendant's background, the positive steps he was taking to tackle his mental health difficulties, as well as his guilty plea.
During an earlier hearing at Coleraine Magistrates Court, McGinn, from Mayo Drive in Ballycastle, admitted causing a hoax bomb alert by communicating information to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service which he knew to be false, causing a belief there would be an explosion.
A prosecution lawyer told the court how McGinn had been caught on camera making the bogus call from a public phone box in Londonderry on March 14 last year, claiming that an explosive device had been left at The Boyd Arms in the Diamond.