Ex-soldier Eric Rohloff on Gerry Adams bomb threat charge
This is the former TA soldier accused of making a wave of bomb threats against Gerry Adams and other senior Sinn Fein politicians.
Bangor man Eric Rohloff is charged with threatening to kill Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady and making a string of bomb warnings against the homes of Adams, Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney.
Neighbours yesterday told Sunday Life how police swooped on his Clifton Road home early on Friday morning.
The spate of threats and hoax calls — allegedly made by Rohloff — came at a time when Sinn Fein members were on high alert.
Gerry Adams (pictured below) spoke out about “concerted series of threats and attacks on the homes of Sinn Féin members” following the alert at his property on May 6.
Rohloff, 39, appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday on 14 charges including making threats to kill, wasting police time and misuse of public communications.
He was accused of making the threats in phone calls to the Samaritans in Coleraine and Omagh as well as Sinn Fein offices in Londonderry and Armagh.
Rohloff, who is pictured wearing the uniform of the Royal Irish Regiment, is also accused of making a bomb threat against Mehria Primary school, an independent Islamic primary school in Luton, England.
He allegedly called the Samaritans in Coleraine on May 4 threatening to kill Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady.
On the same day he allegedly rang a Samaritans office in Omagh claiming there was a bomb at the home of MEP Martina Anderson.
On May 5 he is alleged to have telephoned a Sinn Fein office in Derry saying there were bombs at the homes of MLA Raymond McCartney and Martina Anderson as well as telephoning an individual again threatening to kill Mickey Brady.
The following day, Rohloff is said to have called the Andersontown News to say there was a bomb at the house of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on Norfolk Drive in west Belfast.
It was widely reported at the time that police were called to the scene but nothing untoward was found at the Sinn Fein leader’s home.
Rohloff was arrested in Bangor before being charged by police in Newry on Friday following an investigation into a hoax bomb threat against Gerry Adams.
No bail application was made on behalf of Rohloff yesterday and district judge Bernadette Kelly remanded him custody to appear via videolink on Thursday.
Rohloff’s neighbours yesterday told Sunday Life that he had lived for five years on Clifton Road, a quiet avenue off the Ballyholme Road.
They described him as a quiet individual. Neighbours said he had previously worked at a call centre.
On his Facebook page, Rohloff says that he was a member of Territorial Army until 2012 and he has posted a number of photographs of himself in military uniform including one in which he poses beside a portrait of the Queen.
charges: Eric Rohloff is accused of making threats against top Sinn Fein members
threats: Sinn Fein’s Mickey Brady, Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney