Man in court over weapons training camp

Man in court over weapons training camp

A 48-year old man has pleaded guilty to a string of charges linked to what police believe was a weapons training camp in Co Tyrone.

One of the charges Sean Kelly admitted to was possessing the address of a governor of the Prison Service of Northern Ireland.Kelly, from Duneane Crescent in Toomebridge, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday, where he spoke to confirm his name.His barrister asked that her client be re-arraigned on five charges and arraigned on another charge, with Kelly pleading guilty to all six charges that were put to him.Kelly admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition, namely a .22 Walther rifle and .22 ammunition in suspicious circumstances on 30 March, 2012. He also admitted attending a place used for terrorist training on the same date, namely Formil Wood on the Gorticashel Road, Omagh, and of attending a place used for terrorist training on 1 March, 2012.In addition, Kelly pleaded guilty to collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists on dated between 31 December, 2010 and 10 January, 2012, under the Terrorism Act 2000. The court heard this charge relates to details of the residence of a governor of the Northern Ireland Prison Service. Kelly also admitted possessing articles for use in terrorism - two blank firing pistols - on 28 February, 2012.The defendant was also charged with the preparation of terrorist acts, namely weapons training at an improvised firing range in Fermanagh and South Tyrone on 30 March, 2012.After Kelly pleaded guilty to all six counts, a Crown prosecutor asked that an additional four charges that he faced be "left on the books."Kelly's barrister confirmed that pre-sentence reports would not be sought for her client, who was remanded back into custody.Two men and a woman who also face charges linked to the alleged weapons training camp on the outskirts of Omagh are due to stand trial at Belfast Crown Court next week. All three deny the range of charges they face.Belfast recorder Judge David McFarland said he would adjourn Kelly's plea and sentence "pending the determination of guilt of the other three defendants."Although no details about the case were revealed during Wednesday's brief hearing, a previous court hearing was told it was the Crown's case that the alleged terrorist training camp at Greencastle was in advanced preparation for an attack by dissident republicans.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)


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