A man who made a hoax call claiming there was a bomb at a Belfast concert venue has avoided jail.
Patrick McNally, 45, was given a four-month suspended prison term for the bogus alert to police about a device outside the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street.
The 45-year-old, of Jerusalem Street in the city, pleaded guilty to communicating false information causing belief of an explosion.
Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he made the 999 phone call on January 4 this year.
During a conversation he stated: "There's a bomb outside the Ulster Hall, you may defuse it yourself d******d."
Checks confirmed the call had been made from a number registered to McNally.
No disruption was caused to the venue or the general public during the incident.
A district judge was told police were able to establish it had been a hoax within minutes.
McNally's solicitor stressed he has struggled with a mental health disorder for years.
"He lives a very solitary life," the lawyer added.
Imposing a prison sentence, the judge suspended the term due to the early admissions of guilt.
But the judge warned McNally: "If you make another hoax bomb call you will be dealt with for that matter, and also spend four months in custody for this."