Friday 22 September 2017

Hotel bomb hoax woman to be sentenced in September

TOM TUITE

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman, who made a hoax call claiming a bomb had been planted in a Dublin 4 hotel after she had a row with her boyfriend, will be sentenced in September.

Sinead King of Tyrconnell Road, Dublin had pleaded guilty to making a false report causing apprehension for safety of people, at the Mespil Hotel, in the city's south-side on January 1, 2011.



Dublin District Court heard she made the hoax call after she had an argument with her boyfriend, who works at the hotel.



Judge Cormac Dunne was told a member of the public made a 999 call stating “a bomb was located at the Mespil hotel”.



As a result of the report, a search was carried out at the grounds and inside the D.4 hotel which did not need to be evacuated.



The call was traced to King, who has no prior criminal convictions. When questioned by gardai she claimed that she had received a call from another person stating there was a bomb in the hotel.



However, gardai could not find evidence of her receiving any calls at the time she claimed.



The court has been told that King has not come to any more garda attention and is apologetic. Her lawyer had said King had a row with her boyfriend who works in the hotel, “that is the reason she placed the call”.



Today a medical report on King was furnished to the judge and defence solicitor Amanda Connolly also said the woman had an alcohol problem.



Judge Dunne described the case as a “very serious matter” and added that a custodial sentence was in the court's mind. He adjourned sentencing to allow time for a probation report on King to be prepared.

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