Charges dropped against former soldier accused of bomb hoax at Gerry Adams' home

Staff Reporter

A FORMER Territorial Army soldier accused of phoning in bomb threats to senior Sinn Féin politicians including Gerry Adams has had all charges against him dropped.

Eric Rohloff (40) had been charged with a total of 14 offences, including making threats to kill, false bomb threats and wasting police time.

The charges were linked to a series of false bomb warnings at the homes of Mr Adams and senior party colleagues Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney.

German-born Rohloff was further accused of making threats to kill Sinn Féin's Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady.

A separate count involved causing a hoax bomb alert at an independent Islamic primary school in Luton.

However, despite the high-profile nature of the case, the charges were withdrawn on January 31 this year.

News that the case had been dropped has only just emerged. No reason for the withdrawal was given.

The charges had covered a period between May 4 and July 6 in 2015.

The threats were allegedly made in calls to the Samaritans in Coleraine and Omagh, as well as Sinn Féin offices in Derry and Armagh.

Rohloff had been bailed, provided he handed over all identity documents and deposited a cash surety.

His bail conditions were later relaxed in June 2016 to allow him to sell a property in Germany.

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