Northern Ireland

Jonathan Ginn faces jail over Naomi Long and Alliance Party threats

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Image caption Ginn admitted being responsible for a bomb alert at Alliance Party offices in wast Belfast

A 33-year old man has been warned that he "could well" be jailed for a number of offences, including threatening to kill East Belfast MP Naomi Long.

Jonathan Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, admitted four offences dating back to October 2013.

They included placing a hoax bomb outside the Alliance Party's office in east Belfast on 2 October, 2013.

He was also charged with trying to intimidate Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle out of his job.

When the two charges were put to Ginn at Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday, he replied "guilty".

Although no details emerged on Tuesday, a previous court hearing was told that police believed the bomb hoax at the Alliance Party office in east Belfast was linked to a loyalist flag protest that was ongoing at the time of the incident.

Ginn was also pleaded guilty to making threats to a third party to kill both Mr Lyttle and his party colleague and East Belfast MP Naomi Long on 11 October, 2013.

After Ginn entered guilty pleas on all four charges against him, his barrister asked that pre-sentence reports be compiled on his client.

He told a judge that Ginn had no previous criminal convictions and a good working record.

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

The judge 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."

Ginn has been ordered to return to court on 10 March for sentencing.