Man guilty of Londonderry hoax bomb phone calls

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house
Image caption James Harkin was given a five-month sentence, suspended for two years

A 63-year-old man has pleaded guilty at Londonderry Magistrates' Court to making two hoax bomb alert phone calls.

James Harkin, whose address was given as Methodist City Mission, Crawford Square in the city, made the first call to police from a telephone kiosk in Foyle Street in Derry on Sunday.

Police went to Foyle Street and arrested him.

He was released on unconditional bail but then walked to William Street where he made another hoax call.

Harkin had claimed to be speaking on behalf of the Continuity IRA.

The defence solicitor said it was a "shambolic and amateurish" episode by a drunk man who has 115 previous convictions, one of them for a similar incident ten years ago.

Harkin was given a five-month jail sentence suspended for two years.