Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

'Bullets found in east Belfast man's home as part of probe into suspected race hate crime' - court hears

'Bullets found in east Belfast man's home as part of probe into suspected race hate crime' - court hears
'Bullets found in east Belfast man's home as part of probe into suspected race hate crime' - court hears

Ammunition was found in an east Belfast man's home as part of a police probe into suspected race hate crimes, a court heard today.

A number of rounds were allegedly found during searches of Richard Cartmill's house at Tullyard Way in the city.

The 41-year-old faces a charge of possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

He was detained on Tuesday during Operation Reiner - the PSNI's response to a recent spate of suspected racially-motivated offences.

As Cartmill appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court his lawyer insisted there is no evidence linking him to any hate crimes.

Opposing bail, a detective involved in the case said information had led to his home being searched.

She was pressed further by District Judge Fiona Bagnall on what else could potentially connect the accused to the investigation.

"I'm concerned, as everybody is concerned, about what seems to be a prevailing increase of hate crimes in particular parts of Belfast," Mrs Bagnall said.

"If you're making the case that you're concerned for further offending and trying to link it into the context of hate crime... is there anything you're putting forward to me to link him to what has been happening in the community?"

The detective replied that apart from the information received by police "there's nothing I can stand over here in court".

Judge Bagnall then ruled: "On the basis of what I have heard today I can't say there's sufficient to remand him in custody."

Granting bail, she imposed a curfew and ordered the accused to report to police daily.

Cartmill will appear in court again in four weeks time.

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