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West Belfast man accused of planting hoax device at neighbour's home, court hears

By Alan Erwin

A west Belfast man has appeared in court after a hoax device was found at a neighbour's home.

Padraig McKernan, 27, is charged with placing an article with the intention of causing someone to believe it was likely to explode or ignite.

The alleged offence relates to an incident at a property close to his own Ardmonagh Parade address on Sunday.

Standing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court, McKernan confirmed he understood the alleged offence.

But he told a detective who connected him to the charge: "You're a lying ****."

Bail was granted on conditions including a ban on either entering Ardmonagh Parade or contacting a woman connected to the case.

McKernan must live under curfew at another address in the city.

A judge ordered him to keep any appointments with a key worker at his medical centre.

McKernan is due to appear back in court next month.

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