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Belfast man on firearms charges is remanded for trial

By Alan Erwin

Published 22/07/2015

Pair of handcuffs, close up.
Pair of handcuffs, close up.

A man is to stand trial accused of having a sub-machine-gun and ammunition linked to a police operation in Belfast. Vincent Kelly appeared before the city's Magistrates Court yesterday for a hearing to decide if he has a case to answer on the weapons charges.

The 30-year-old is accused of possessing a firearm, component parts and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

The alleged offences involve a gun, three magazines and nine 19mm calibre cartridges.

Kelly, formerly of Hawthorn Street in Belfast but now at HMP Maghaberry, is further charged with having a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

A third alleged offence involves possession of a prohibited gun - a reactivated PPS43 sub-machine-gun designed or adapted to fire on automatic.

The charges relate to the police seizure of a weapon from a taxi on the Grosvenor Road in west Belfast last November.

Kelly was arrested as part of the operation.

Standing in the dock he nodded to confirm he understood the allegations against him.

He raised no objection to the preliminary enquiry proceedings and declined to give any evidence or call witnesses at this stage.

Kelly was remanded back into custody for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

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