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Woman avoids jail for making hoax bomb call after row with boyfriend

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman has been spared jail for making a hoax call claiming a bomb had been planted in a Dublin 4 hotel.

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.

Judge Cormac Dunne had said earlier that a custodial sentence was in mind. But after he was furnished with a pre-sentence report today he sentenced her to 18 months' supervised probation.

The judge had been told that 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 D4 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 she had had a row with her boyfriend, “that is the reason she placed the call”.

Earlier, a medical report on her was furnished to the judge and defence solicitor Amanda Connolly had said the woman had an alcohol problem.