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Man admits Easter bomb hoax at Creggan councillor's home

'During his appearance before Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer, the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing explosive devices with intent to endanger life' (stock photo)
'During his appearance before Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer, the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing explosive devices with intent to endanger life' (stock photo)

By George Jackson

A man has pleaded guilty to placing a hoax bomb outside the home of an independent republican councillor in Derry on Easter Sunday.

Keith McClenaghan (39) from Moss Park in the city admitted leaving the hoax device outside the Creggan house of Gary Donnelly.

He also pleaded guilty to placing a second hoax device outside a house in Ballymagroarty on the same day.

Three days earlier journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead by a New IRA gunman amid disturbances in the Creggan. During his appearance before Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer, the defendant pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing explosive devices with intent to endanger life.

He also admitted two charges of placing an article to cause a bomb hoax, and pleaded guilty to four charges of conveying false information leading to the belief that there would be an explosion.

All of the offences occurred on April 21.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Shields said the defendant never meant to harm anyone, apologised for the disruption he caused, and also apologised to the people of Derry. Mr Shields said there were mental health issues involved, and he said the defendant would be assessed by a consultant psychiatrist before the case came back to the court again on July 11.

The defendant was then remanded in custody until that date.

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