22 April 2006

Man in court after explosives find

BN.ie

22/04/2006 - 10:58:40

A man appeared before magistrates in the North today on charges connected with an explosives find in Lurgan, Co Armagh earlier this week.

Craigavon Magistrates Court was told that Daire McKenna, 22, from Lurgan Tarry in Lurgan, made no reply when charged with possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, on April 19.

The court was also told that the charge related to the discovery of an explosive substance, an ammonium nitrate based fertiliser and sugar mix.

When the discovery was made at a breaker’s yard on the Antrim Road in Lurgan on Wednesday, it was claimed that the component would have made a 250lb car bomb.

Under questioning from McKenna’s solicitor, Paula Collins, a detective sergeant confirmed that police could not guarantee that when the accused was questioned at Antrim Police Station the consultation rooms were not bugged.

The dispute over the consultation rooms has been taken to Belfast High Court and will be the subject of a judicial review on Monday.

The detective sergeant also confirmed that Miss Collins had advised her client not to comment during the police interview because he was not able to avail himself of effective legal advice because of the concerns that the consultation rooms in the station were bugged.

However, he also said police had advised McKenna fully of his legal rights and the inferences which could be drawn from making no comment.

McKenna was remanded in custody to appear before magistrates in Craigavon next Thursday.

His solicitor said he could make a bail application over the coming days in the High Court.

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