Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Man admits charges of having bomb-making 'cookbook' and firearm

Changed plea: Kevin Concannon

A 40-year-old Londonderry man has admitted a string of terrorist-related charges including the possession of a bomb-making "cookbook".

Kevin Barry Concannon, from Beechwood Avenue in the city, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of seven offences, one of which was having photographs of the headquarters of Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

Concannon appeared in court earlier this year where he entered not guilty pleas to the charges that were put to him.

His American wife Lesley (33) was also originally charged along with him but denied all knowledge of the material found in a coal bunker at their home.

Charges against the Zumba dance teacher, who moved to Northern Ireland and got married in 2011, were later dropped and she was freed.

Yesterday, Concannon's barrister Kieran Mallon QC asked that his client be rearraigned on seven of the nine charges he initially faced.

When a charge of possessing an explosive substance, Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN), with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property on June 10, 2013 was put to the accused, he replied that he was guilty to the second limb of the charge, namely enabling others to endanger life.

He entered the same plea on a similar charge of possessing explosive substances – aluminium granules, magnesium ribbon and metal springs – with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, namely a magazine, in suspicious circumstances; possession of explosives, namely blank cartridges, in suspicious circumstances; possession of information or documents likely to be of use in terrorism, namely the Anarchist's Cookbook, and also possessing articles for use in terrorism.

The articles in the latter charge are a deactivated sub-machine gun, a set of number plates, smoke cannisters and a thunder flash.

The Derry man also admitted collecting or making records of information likely to be of use in terrorism on dates between October 25 and 28, 2012.

After guilty pleas were entered to all seven counts, prosecuting barrister Kieran Murphy QC told the court the Crown would accept the pleas.

He also asked that two further charges Concannon initially faced be left on the court books.

Following yesterday's court appearance, Concannon was remanded back into custody and will be sentenced in September.

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