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Ginn admitted being behind a hoax bomb outside Alliance's office

Ginn admitted being behind a hoax bomb outside Alliance's office

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle

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Ginn admitted being behind a hoax bomb outside Alliance's office

A man who admitted threatening to kill East Belfast MP Naomi Long has been warned by a judge that he could be going to jail.

Jonathan Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, pleaded guilty to four offences after a campaign of intimidation against the Alliance Party.

Ginn admitted being behind a hoax bomb outside Alliance's office on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast on October 2, 2013.

The 33-year-old also confessed to trying to intimidate East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle of the Alliance Party out of his job six days later.

Although no details emerged yesterday, a previous court heard that police believed the bomb hoax was linked to a loyalist flag protest at the time of the incident.

Ginn also pleaded guilty to making threats to a third party to kill both Mr Lyttle and Mrs Long on October 11, 2013.

Ginn's barrister Terence McDonald QC told Judge Gordon Kerr QC that Ginn had no previous criminal convictions and a good working record.

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He also asked that Ginn be released on continuing bail after it emerged there were no objections from the Crown.

Judge Kerr agreed to release Ginn on bail, but told him: "I have to warn you that, on the face of it, these charges are charges that could well attract a custodial sentence."


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