Monday 22 January 2018

Soldier accused of possessing explosives and ammunition subject to further inquiries


Greg Harkin

A SOLDIER accused of possessing explosives and ammunition is the subject of further inquiries, a court heard today.

Mark Cassidy, (29), will make a bail application next Monday, his solicitor told Letterkenny District Court.

The Defence Forces private is accused of possessing explosives in suspicious circumstances at his home at Apartment 3, Grianan Vale, Burnfoot, Co Donegal, on February 17 last.

He is also accused of possessing 87 rounds of 12-guage shotgun cartridges in suspicious circumstances.

Mr Cassidy had been due to apply for bail this morning.

However his solicitor, Derry-based Eugene Burns, said the application would be submitted in seven days’ time.

Garda Inspector David Kelly told Judge Paul Kelly that the accused soldier was still under investigation.

“There may be other matters arising,” said Insp Kelly.

The officer asked that any independent checks and sureties that may be offered in a bail application should be done before the next court appearance.

A representative of the Defence Forces was in court for the hearing.

The soldier was remanded in custody to appear at the same court next Monday, March 3.

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