Police were told man would be ‘shot by Continuity IRA’ if he didn’t leave town within 24 hours

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A MAN phoned police on the 999 number claiming to be a member of the ‘Continuity IRA’ and warning that a named individual “would be shot” if he didn’t leave Ballymoney within 24 hours, a court heard.

Aaron Andrew Brown (29), with an address at Cafe Lane in Ballymoney, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from prison and pleaded guilty to charges of making a threat to kill and improperly using a communications network.

The incident happened on September 28 this year.

A defence solicitor said the defendant made the phone call when he had was “incoherent” through a combination of alcohol and medication he had been given for his mental health.

District Judge Peter King said it was always a case in which Brown was going to be caught.

The judge said he was satisfied there was no “terrorist or sectarian” element in the case and that the background was due to the defendant’s mental health.

Brown was given a two months jail term suspended for a year.

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