Published Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Police found a revolver and bullets in socks. (© UTV)
Belfast Crown Court also heard that when officers stopped the Ford Fiesta car being driven by 29-year-old Mark McGuigan close to a forest outside Omagh, he had to be pulled from the car and struggled throughout.
Prosecuting QC Ciaran Murphy told the Diplock, no jury, trial Judge Corinne Philpott QC that having been restrained and put into a protective forensic suit, McGuigan yelled out the republican slogan 'Our Day Will Come' as officers put him into a waiting PSNI car.
Inside the Ford Fiesta, the police officers uncovered two socks with one containing a loaded revolver and the other 33 assorted bullets.
McGuigan, from Sperrin View in Omagh, denies possessing the gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and under suspicious circumstances.
Mr Murphy told the court the gun had been deactivated in 2003 - but had been reactivated to fire live bullets.
Although he added that the firing pin in the revolver was not long enough, the lawyer said a small adjustment would have been enough to allow the gun to fire.
Three other men who were also in the car, including two men who were hiding under a sleeping bag in the folded down rear seats, have already pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentence.
The trial continues. At hearing.
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