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Woman left shook after fake bomb threat at Helen McEntee’s home

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was informed by a Samaritans volunteer that she was “shook up” when she received a call three years ago from a man claiming that explosives had been hidden in the Minister of Justice’s house, reports RTE.

52-year-old Michael Murray, who was previously of Dublin’s Seafield Road in Killiney, has entered a not guilty plea to the charge of making the call from Midlands Prison on March 7, 2021.

The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard testimony from Murray, who was a prisoner in Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, regarding his alleged phone call that threatened Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and her family, reports RTE.

According to a Samaritans volunteer’s testimony, on March 7, 2021, around 7:30 p.m., she received a call from a man informing her that “explosives have been planted at the home of the Minister for Justice and her family.”

The caller further revealed to the volunteer that “Red October” was the code word and that he was affiliated with the Irish National Liberation Organisation.

He repeated the warning while speaking deliberately and quietly, according to the witness, and then he asked her whether she understood. Then he hung up.

The volunteer said in court that she was “a bit shook up after it” after the call ended. She called the gardaí after speaking with her boss, reports RTE.

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