Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Man charged in connection with firebomb attacks last year

A 39-year-old man has appeared before magistrates in the North in connection with the planting of two firebombs in shopping centres last year.

Self-employed sandwich bar owner Martin Gerard Rafferty, from Newtownabbey, faced two charges in connection with the discovery of incendiary devices.

Mr Rafferty was charged with planting an incendiary device at the Forestside Shopping Centre in south Belfast in March 2005.

He is charged with intending to cause an explosion endangering life or causing injury.

He is also charged with being responsible for a firebomb that ignited at another shopping centre in Newtownards, north Down, between March 26th and 28th.

A detective sergeant told Belfast Magistrates' Court that he believed he could link the accused to both incidents.

Mr Rafferty was remanded in custody to appear again on video link on December 1st.

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