Calvin Philip Kinsella: Derry hoax bomb caller spared jail

Bishop's Street Court house
Image caption Kinsella was stopped and searched by police officers as he walked past the wall of the police station.

A 44-year-old man has been given a three-month suspended jail sentence for making two hoax bomb calls to police.

Calvin Philip Kinsella, from Great James street, Londonderry, admitted making the calls when he was drunk on 20 June 2011.

Police officers found a mobile phone and a sim card on Kinsellla as he walked past the police station

The judge said his offending resulted in a waste of police time and also caused disruption in the city.

A defence barrister said the offences were not politically motivated but that they were the result of Kinsella's drunken condition.

The court was told that calls were made after he drank a bottle of vodka and 30 cans of beer.

Police arrested Kinsella after matching his mobile phone number with one used to make the hoax calls.

The judge at Londonderry Magistrates Court imposed a two-year suspended sentence, put Kinsella on probation for 12 months and ordered him to complete 120 hours of community service.

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