Published Thursday, 29 August 2013
The man appeared in court for calling in 14 hoax bomb alerts (© UTV)
4John Mark Shields, 40, claimed to be a member of the Continuity IRA when he called the Samaritans multiple times in 2009.
Every time Shields made a hoax call he used the code word "Kerrygold" and when police traced the calls back to him, there was nothing in his fridge but Kerrygold butter.
Belfast Crown Court heard there was in fact no suggestion of any paramilitary involvement or membership.
Shields, from Ladybrook Crescent in Belfast, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of causing a bomb hoax a number of times between 22 April and November 2 2009.
Prosecuting lawyer David Russell said all the calls had come from a single mobile phone and every time Shields would use the code word 'Kerrygold'.
Shields would tell the Samaritans operator there was a bomb placed or being moved in a certain area around west Belfast near his home.
The prosecution also said that while the code word was not recognised, the police had to respond given the potential threat which caused serious disruption and stretched police resources.
Defence lawyer Joe Brolly said the various reports compiled on Shields "paint an atrocious picture" of alcoholism, homelessness, subnormal mental functioning, a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and an "extremely miserable life".
Judge Kinney ordered Shields to spend seven months in jail and the rest of his sentence on licence saying despite his "obvious difficulties," he had caused disruption and fear in the community.
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