Bomb factory part of 'wider plot'

Published Monday, 02 April 2012
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An alleged bomb-making factory uncovered in Co Armagh was part of a wider terrorist plot, the High Court has heard.

Bomb factory part of 'wider plot'
The accused was denied compassionate bail to go to his son's confirmation, (© UTV)

Police are set to make further arrests as part of their investigations into the suspected dissident operation, a judge was told.

Details emerged as a man facing explosives charges was denied compassionate bail to attend his son's confirmation.

Kevin Barry Murphy was detained last year after searches in Keady led to the discovery of the alleged component parts for homemade bombs.

Timer power units, fertiliser, icing sugar and a detonator were all found.

Murphy, 41, of Altowen Park, Coalisland, Co Tyrone, is allegedly linked through fingerprints on a coffee grinder also seized, according to the prosecution.

He is charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, and possession of articles for use in terrorism.

Murphy denies any involvement and gave a statement to say he cannot quantify how many household coffee items he has touched over the years.

A prosecution barrister said he and others currently on remand are due to be questioned about other similar incidents.

She told the court: "Police now believe this bomb-making factory... was part of a bigger terrorist plan.

"Arrests are anticipated later this week."

Bail was opposed due to fears that Murphy may flee if released.

His barrister emphasised that nothing has been disclosed about any police plans to carry out more interviews.

He added: "The case against this applicant is founded solely on fingerprints on a coffee grinder.

"These fingerprints cannot be dated in any shape or form. It's a thin case."

Although Mr Justice Weir said he normally granted compassionate requests, he refused the application because of the risk of Murphy absconding.

The judge pointed out: "This man is facing very serious charges."

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francine haughey in newry wrote (898 days ago):
A FINGERPRINT WITH NO DATE,IF THAT IS THE CASE WE AS IRISH PEOPLE ALL ARE TARGETS FOR THE BRITISH...
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