Belfast Telegraph

Ammunition accused allowed to taxi again

A taxi driver accused of using his job to transport ammunition has received High Court permission to go back to work.

The driving ban imposed on Martin McAuley (41) was lifted amid claims that he planned to hand over the 9mm bullets found in his car to a Belfast priest.

McAuley, of Glenpark Street in the city, denies a charge of possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

He was arrested after being stopped by police in Belfast last month. A Crown lawyer said his car was searched and the bullets found in a medicine bottle hidden behind a fire extinguisher.

Nicola Auret told the court: “It's the police view that he was using his employment to facilitate the transportation of the ammunition.”

Investigating officers believe two magnets found in the vehicle could be used in the construction of explosives, she added.

McAuley was previously granted bail but prohibited from driving while facing criminal proceedings.

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