Sunday 17 November 2019

Jail for pair who left bomb at PSNI event

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Ashleigh McDonald

Two men from Co Meath who planted a bomb in the car park of a hotel in Derry ahead of a PSNI recruitment event were both handed 10-year prison sentences yesterday.

Brian Walsh and Darren Poleon left a blast bomb in shrubbery behind a disabled parking sign, around 20 meters from the lobby of the Waterfoot Hotel, in October 2015.

During yesterday's sentencing at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Geoffery Miller said that while the remote-controlled device was located and made safe, it nonetheless had the potential to cause "severe physical injury or death ... to members of the PSNI and others attending the hotel".

Both Poleon (43), from Lightown in Kells, and 35-year-old Walsh, from Drumree in Dunshaughlin, were given 10-year sentences for terrorist offences.

Judge Miller told the men that they would spend five years in jail, with the remainder on licence upon their release.

Judge Miller spoke of the pair's intention to deploy the "potentially lethal device".

Irish Independent

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