Bail refused to 'active RAAD member'

Published Friday, 27 July 2012
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A 26-year-old man from Derry, described in court as a prominent and active member of the paramilitary group Republican Action Against Drugs, has been remanded in custody.

Bail refused to 'active RAAD member'
The father of one denies the offences. (© UTV)

The comment was made by a detective constable who opposed bail being granted to William Martin McDonnell, from Rinmore Drive, in the Creggan area of the city.

He is accused of possessing items for use in acts of terrorism which the police officer said were found in the defendant's home during a police operation against RAAD on 12 July.

The items include deactivated and replica AK47 assault rifles, camouflage and paramilitary type uniforms and blank and adapted handguns.

The defendant, a community worker and the father of a two-years-old child, denies the offences. He handed himself into the city's police headquarters on Wednesday.

The police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that over the past four years RAAD had claimed responsibility for over thirty shootings in the North-West, including the murder of Andrew Allen near Buncrana in Co. Donegal in February.

Friends of Mr Allen cheered and clapped in the Derry courthouse when the District Judge refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody until 23 August.

© UTV News
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