Hedgerow bomb similar to Iraq devices

Published Tuesday, 17 April 2012
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A bomb the same as those used in Iraq and Afghanistan was found in Northern Ireland for the first time last year in a hedgerow.

Hedgerow bomb similar to Iraq devices
Patrick Carty denies the charges against him. (© UTV)

The High Court heard on Tuesday that an explosively formed projectile was found by the side of the road in Co Tyrone.

A judge was told the device, packed with Semtex, could have caused serious damage to armoured vehicles and endangered life

It is alleged that eight fingerprints from Dungannon man Patrick Carty were found on a black plastic bin liner that the device was wrapped in.

The explosively formed projectile was found by police during searches at Killybracken Road in the town in April 2011

The 32-year-old, from Springdale Estate denies possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

Robert Blackburn, prosecuting, said: "It was described as viable and in a state of readiness.

"It's the first time that this device has been discovered in Northern Ireland, but it has been used significantly in Iraq and Afghanistan."

When Mr Carty was arrested and questioned in February he denied knowing anything about the explosives.

Although the accused has no criminal record, it was claimed that he has voiced support for the republican cause and prisoners' rights.

Eugene McKenna for the defence argued that the entire case against his client depended on fingerprints on a bag "of a type that are blowing through the streets of Northern Ireland every day, objects we all touch regularly".

He said the bin liner could have been touched at any time. Mr Carty was remanded in custody.

© UTV News
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