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Armagh man admits multiple counts of wasting police time and malicious communications

Pre-sentence reports are to be prepared after a 31-year-old man who admitted numerous charges of wasting police time and malicious communications over a three month period.

Darren Michael Sloan from Alexander Park, Armagh accepted six counts of persistent improper use of a communications network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety, three counts of wasting police time by making false reports or statements around the safety of a person and a single count of improper use of a public communications network.

Armagh Magistrates’ Court heard that between December 11, 2022 and March 12 this year police received 23 phone calls from Sloan, the first of which began with him reporting someone as missing before becoming abusive to the call handler.

This occurred again several times over the next few days and the abuse ranged from him swearing to using derogatory remarks about police.

Matters escalated in January this year when Sloan made more abusive calls and again used derogatory remarks to describe police.

At this point District Judge Anne Marshall halted the case stating: “This needs a pre-sentence report.”

She remanded Sloan on continuing bail to return for sentencing on August 1.

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