Men ‘were on active dissident duty’

Published Monday, 03 February 2014
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Two alleged dissident republicans on "active duty" have been remanded into custody charged with having explosives.

Men ‘were on active dissident duty’
Ruddy and Megaw were remanded into custody. (© Pacemaker)

Both Sean Ruddy, who's 38, and 25-year-old Sean Megaw, refused to stand when they appeared in the dock of Lisburn Magistrates Court and the single charge put to them.

Ruddy, from Burren Meadow in Newcastle and Megaw, from Mount Eagles Square in the Dunmurry area of west Belfast, are each charged with having a pipe bomb and component parts for pipe bombs on 31 January this year.

A detective constable told the court on Monday she believed she could connect them to the charge and that police were objecting to bail amid fears that they would reoffend.

"We cannot rule out at this stage they are part of a dissident [republican] organisation and were on active duty when arrested," submitted the officer.

She told the court that at around 9.30pm last Friday, police saw a Nissan Qashqai car drive into and park in White Rise in Dunmurry, adding that while police were speaking to Megaw at the car, they saw Ruddy coming from a property.

"He was asked to stop but seemed startled and ran," said the officer adding that police saw Ruddy "take a black bag from his coat and throw it over the hedge" where it made a "metallic sound".

Ruddy was stopped a short distance away and allegedly told police "that there was a pipe bomb in the car."

Although a search of the Nissan car proved negative, a "viable pipe bomb device" was found around seven feet from the vehicle and the officer contended that while officers were talking to Ruddy, Megaw threw the bomb away.

Inside the bag allegedly discarded by Ruddy, officers uncovered "four pipes of various lengths, engineered component parts for pipe bombs," claimed the officer, adding that police were also objecting to bail "to protect the public".

She also revealed that Megaw is currently on licence for having a gun with intent to endanger life.

On Monday the officer agreed that neither man had been questioned about membership of any dissident republican organisation and that at the moment, there is no forensic evidence linking the men to the items although she added that the bomb and component parts were being sent for tests.

Ruddy' solicitor said he "completely refutes" making any admissions to police at the scene while Megaw's solicitor submitted that had gotten a lift from Ruddy, who owned the car and knew nothing of explosive devices.

Refusing the bail applications and remanding the men into custody to appear again via videolink on 3 March, District Judge Rosemary Watters said she was "concerned about the commission of further offences".

As the pair were lead to the prison van outside the court, Ruddy waved and blew kisses to his relatives.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
pat in newry wrote (342 days ago):
Maybe the people with negative comments,should take on board the past of these men. And what about the saying innocent until proven guilty. Your reading what journalism want you to hear.There is no evidence of any pipe bombs only what the police have said. In Ireland many cases of what police in ireland have said, have many years later proven them wrong.
D.D in down wrote (352 days ago):
Wanabes no support in this society
seamus in south armagh wrote (357 days ago):
eejitss. warped these people are the wars over lads. . its all about the money money money
Galway in belfast wrote (358 days ago):
Slipper How about the good brothers, husbands and daddies he could have killed? Would you think the same then?
me in larne wrote (358 days ago):
yeah slipper he was really thinking of his children and wife when he got involved in criminal activity !!!!
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