INVESTIGATORS are awaiting a forensic report regarding handwriting in the case of a man charged with causing a security alert at Ballycastle Police Station and making a number of hoax calls saying bombs had been left at PSNI bases across Northern Ireland, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told on Monday.
58-year-old Noel McGinn of Mayo Drive, Ballycastle, is charged with possessing articles for use with a petrol bomb and placing an article to cause a bomb hoax at Ballycastle Police Station on March 5. 2015.
McGinn is also accused of making three hoax phone calls - two to daily newspapers and one to a weekly newspaper - on March 13 saying bombs were set to explode at various police stations.
He also allegedly made a similar call on March 14 to the emergency services saying a bomb would explode at a pub in Ballycastle.
The accused is further charged with possessing a magnet in connection with fraud on March 25, 2014.
A defence lawyer said on Monday his client has acute mental health difficulties and was suffering from a bad leg injury which meant he had been in hospital and he is now in residential care in County Tyrone.
A prosecutor said it is a “serious” case and matters were adjourned to February.