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Accused 'had a written death threat to drug dealers'

BY JOHN CASSIDY

A man pleaded guilty yesterday to having an imitation gun and a statement from a group threatening to "execute and exile'' drug dealers.

Finbarr Kelly (36), from the Antrim Road in north Belfast, was due to go on trial at Belfast Crown Court on two charges.

However, at the request of his counsel, Kelly was rearraigned before Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland.

He pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent and possession of articles likely to be of use to terrorists, namely a statement on behalf of 'Direct Action Against Drugs'.

Judge McFarland released Kelly on continuing bail for reports.

He is expected to be sentenced next month. No details of the case were given in court, but at an earlier bail hearing a senior judge was told that police stopped a car in Belfast in which Kelly was a passenger in September 2012. A search revealed an imitation gun and hammer and police suspected an attack was imminent.

A pellet-type weapon was discovered under a passenger seat.

The court heard that follow-up searches were carried out.

Inside his Antrim Road home police found a statement focusing on drug dealers within republican communities. It was claimed that Kelly's fingerprint was on it.

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