Man facing jail over Naomi Long death threat

Jonathan Ginn pleaded guilty to threatening to kill MP Naomi Long
Jonathan Ginn pleaded guilty to threatening to kill MP Naomi Long

A 33-year-old man has been warned that he “could well” be jailed after he admitted a number of offences including threatening to kill East Belfast MP Naomi Long.

Jonathan Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, was charged with four offences dating back to October 2013.

Ginn was charged with placing an article outside the Alliance Party’s office on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast, intending that someone would believe it would explode or ignite, on October 2, 2013. He was also charged with trying to intimidate East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle out of his job on October 8, 2013.

When the two charges were put to Ginn at Belfast Crown Court, he replied “guilty”.

Although no details emerged yesterday, a previous court hearing was told that police believed the bomb hoax at the office in east Belfast was linked to a loyalist flag protest which was ongoing at the time of the incident.

Ginn was also charged with, and pleaded guilty to, making threats to a third party to kill both Mr Lyttle and his party colleague Mrs Long on October 11, 2013.

After Ginn entered guilty pleas on all four charges levelled against him, his barrister Terence McDonald QC asked that pre-sentence reports be compiled on his client.

Mr McDonald told Judge Gordon Kerr QC that Ginn came before the court with no previous criminal convictions and a good working record.

The barrister also asked that Ginn be released on continuing bail after it emerged there were no objections from the Crown.

Judge Kerr agreed to release Ginn on bail, but told him: “I have to warn you that on the face of it, these charges are charges that could well attract a custodial sentence.”

Ginn will be sentenced on March 10.