Man denies Derry guns and ammo

Published Monday, 31 March 2014
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A man has pleaded not guilty at the Crown Court in Derry to a number of charges linked to the discovery of weapons, explosives and ammunition in the attic of a house in the city centre.

Man denies Derry guns and ammo
The scene of the security alert in the city centre in December 2012. (© UTV)

The items were found in a house at Hawkin Street on 20 December, 2012.

At his arraignment before Judge Philip Babington on Monday, Gary Pius McPhillips, 30 and from Hawkin Street, pleaded not guilty to possessing with intent and in suspicious circumstances a sub-machine gun with a sound suppressor, a pistol, two hand grenades and a stun gun as well as 83 rounds of firearms cartridges.

However, McPhillips pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and possessing with intent to supply quantities of the drugs MDMA and methadrone also on 20 December 2012.

Two other drugs charges are to remain on the books, not to be proceeded with without the permission of the court.

He was remanded in continuing custody until 2 May when a date for his trial, which is expected to last three weeks, is to be fixed.

Defence barrister Ciaran Mallon QC said he hoped to obtain the services of a forensic scientist to carry out an independent analysis of the DNA evidence in the case.

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