ASBO woman is accused of having stash of 23 devices capable of accessing internet

ASBO woman is accused of having stash of 23 devices capable of accessing internet

AN Antrim town woman is accused of breaching an ASBO - imposed for previously making dozens of hoax bomb reports to police - after a stash of electronic devices capable of accessing the internet was found in her home.

Joanne Mitchell (48), of Greenview Avenue in Antrim town, is accused of breaching an ASBO by having a mobile phone with internet capability.

She is also accused of wasting police time by making a 'false report'.

The defendant is also accused of breaching bail she had been given for allegedly possessing internet-capable devices on November 10 this year.

A police officer opposed bail and said on November 14 police attended Mitchell's home address search for internet capable devices and a mobile phone "capable to be connected to the internet" was found charging in a living room and there were also mobile sim cards.

The officer said in June this year Mitchell had phoned police claiming a male had called her claiming to be from an internet company and had "demanded" money.

The officer said Mitchell then told police she had received a further call from a male who wanted "£90".

The PSNI woman said police believed the reports were false.

When interviewed Mitchell said the phone seized on November 14 "did not work" and said the sim cards were "deactivated".

The officer said the defendant was " well known" to the courts.

The court heard that on November 10, 23 devices including 'Smart' watches, 'Smart phones'', tablets, computers and sim cards capable of accessing the internet were found behind "kick boards" and and under kitchen cupboards.

A defence barrister said the breach of bail was denied.

He said the allegation was that she had a phone in her property which was able to access the internet but the phone "doesn't in fact have internet capabilities".

The defence lawyer said the defendant "did not know" the 23 devices were there.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would give the defendant "one last chance" and released her on £500 bail.