Monday 23 April 2018

Trial of alleged mortar launch maker adjourned

By Diarmaid Mac Dermott

THE Special Criminal Court trial of a Waterford metal worker accused of manufacturing a number of mortar launch tubes has been adjourned until later this month.

David Rockett (31), of Grawn Lower, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford was arrested by gardai in September 2011 during an investigation in to the activities of dissident republicans in the south-east of the country.

He has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of three mortar launch tubes on dates unknown between January 1st, 2011 and September 22nd, 2011 inclusive.

The charges include the unlawful possession of two mortar launch tubes at his home address and the unlawful possession of one mortar launch tube at Military Road, Killadangan, Co Waterford.

At the opening of the trial, Mr Garnet Orange BL told the non-jury court it was the prosecution case that Mr Rockett was the person who "manufactured" three mortar tubes seized by gardai after a search of the home of another man arrested during the same investigation.

The trial is hearing evidence in a "trial within a trial" to determine the lawfulness of the accused man's detention and arrest.

The trial has been adjourned until March 20th when it will be mentioned before the court again.

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