Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Toomebridge man Sean Kelly admits six terror charges

He attended weapons training camp and had address of prison chief

Guilty pleas: Sean Kelly

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

Included in the charges Sean Kelly (48) admitted to was one of 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, where he spoke to confirm his name. His barrister asked that her client be rearraigned 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 March 30, 2012.

He also admitted attending a place used for terrorist training on the same date, namely Formil Wood on the Gorticashel Road in Omagh, and of attending a place used for terrorist training on March 1, 2012.

In addition, Kelly pleaded guilty to collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists on dates between December 31, 2010 and January 10, 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 further admitted possessing articles for use in terrorism – namely two blank firing pistols – on February 28, 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 March 30, 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". 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".

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