Man is accused of making false report to PSNI regarding ‘bomb’ at police officer’s private vehicle

Ballymena Court

A MAN is accused of falsely telling the PSNI a ‘bomb’ had been placed at a police officer’s private vehicle.

Eugene Martin O’Boyle (31), of Glebe Park, Rasharkin, is also charged with using a communications network to send a message he knew to be false for the purpose of ‘causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety’.

The defendant is further accused of wasting police time and possessing cannabis.

The charges relate to February 11 this year.

The defendant was in the dock at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the defendant to the charges.

The full details surrounding the case have yet to be outlined to the court and the defendant has still to indicate guilty or not guilty pleas.

A defence solicitor said the defendant had a “diagnosis” and he wanted to obtain a medical report from an expert.

The lawyer said he did not wish to mention the details of the matter in open court and wrote down the diagnosis on a piece of paper and passed it to the judge.

The solicitor said the diagnosis may have a bearing on the alleged offending.

The lawyer said there had been an “intervention” following the alleged incident of February 11.

District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case to April to allow the defence to obtain a “medical report”.

The defendant was given bail, the details of which were not outlined to the court.

As the defendant left the courtroom he raised his arms outstretched at 45 degree angles from the side of his body.

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