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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Jail term over bomb hoaxes 'for the laugh'

A young Dublin man who called in hoax bomb scares in Rathmines for "a laugh" has received a three year sentence for these offences and a robbery.

Detective Garda Aidan Duffy revealed that colleagues investigating the two hoax calls after the Army Bomb Disposal Unit had been contacted and Rathmines residents evacuated, nominated Shane McKeever (20) as the caller from the voice on the recording and tracked the number to his mother's phone.

McKeever, of Leo Fitzgerald House, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making false reports on February 25 and June 8, 2009 and to robbing €1,200 from a shop at Upper Rathmines Road on February 1, 2009. He has 34 previous convictions.

Det Gda Duffy told Mr Garnet Orange, prosecuting, that McKeever admitted he had made the calls but claimed he had been "put up to it" by someone else and had not placed the fake devices under the cars.



Evacuated

The detective garda said the Army Bomb Disposal Unit had been called in and nearby residents evacuated for over an hour on each occasion.

The detective garda told Mr Orange that McKeever was identified as one of three males who robbed Rathmines's Field and Vine shop on February 1, 2009.

McKeever fully admitted his role in the robbery during interview but claimed he didn't know his accomplices.

The judge said a custodial sentence was appropriate because McKeever had been in trouble with the law and had been given "plenty of chances".

He imposed a three-year sentence with the final year suspended and ordered that McKeever undergo post-release supervision.

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