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Belfast man Kevin Nolan faces trial after discovery of Semtex

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 06/09/2016

Kevin Nolan appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, where he was arraigned on a total of seven charges. Nolan, from Stewartstown Road in Dunmurry, denied them all
Kevin Nolan appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, where he was arraigned on a total of seven charges. Nolan, from Stewartstown Road in Dunmurry, denied them all

A 46-year-old man is to stand trial later this year on terror charges arising from the discovery of Semtex, guns and ammunition in west Belfast.

Kevin Nolan appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, where he was arraigned on a total of seven charges. Nolan, from Stewartstown Road in Dunmurry, denied them all.

Among the terrorist offences, Nolan has been charged with possessing 651g of the commercial explosive Semtex, both with intent to endanger life, and in suspicious circumstances, between May 1, 2015 and September 18, 2015.

He was also charged with possessing two handguns - namely a Baikai gas pistol and a revolver - both in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

In additional, Nolan was charged with possessing a balaclava for use in terrorism, possessing an assortment of cartridges, and possessing firearms without a certificate.

Nolan entered 'not guilty' pleas to each of the charges that were put to him.

The explosives, guns and bullets were all seized during a police raid at a house on Ballymurphy Road in west Belfast last September.

According to reports at the time, Nolan was arrested in Sunderland as part of a joint UK anti-terror operation.

The trial - which is expect to span two weeks - is due to take place at Belfast Crown Court this December. Following yesterday's brief court hearing, Nolan was released on continued bail.

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