Saturday 16 November 2019

Weapons found in car were 'set to be buried'

Michael McHugh and David Young

WEAPONS and ammunition found in a car in the North were not intended to kill anybody, a court heard yesterday.

They were to be buried when police uncovered the cache in Keady, south Armagh, near the Border, three suspects charged with terrorism offences told police.

Brian Anthony Sheridan (34), from Avonmore, Blackwatertown, Co Armagh; Brian Francis Cavlan (35), from Circular Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone; and Dominic Dines (39), from Bree, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, appeared at Newry Magistrate's Court yesterday.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Ronnie Gibson told the court he could connect the accused to the charges.

At the time of the seizure, police said it was linked to suspected dissident republican activity after a joint operation with gardai.

Det Sgt Gibson confirmed a shovel was found in the car that appeared to have been used.

The court was full of police officers in body armour and relatives of the defendants.

The three were remanded to appear again on May 17 at Armagh Magistrate's Court.

Irish Independent

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