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Bomb bid accused is denied bail to visit baby

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 07/09/2016

Sean McVeigh (35) of Victoria Street in Lurgan is charged with the attempted murder of the officer and possessing Semtex on June 18 last year
Sean McVeigh (35) of Victoria Street in Lurgan is charged with the attempted murder of the officer and possessing Semtex on June 18 last year

A terror suspect charged with the attempted murder of a police officer outside Derry has been refused compassionate bail to see his newborn child.

Sean McVeigh (35) of Victoria Street in Lurgan is charged with the attempted murder of the officer and possessing Semtex on June 18 last year.

At Derry Magistrates Court yesterday, McVeigh's lawyer applied for five hour compassionate bail so that he could visit his wife and newborn child. The solicitor said there was precedent for such releases and McVeigh could be accompanied by a solicitor and or a clergyman.

However, the prosecution barrister said there was a "genuine risk of flight" and told the court "it is the police view that if this man is released he will not turn up for his trial."

He added that the other two men in the vehicle when it was stopped were still at large.

The court was told McVeigh was arrested after a police officer's wife, who is also a serving officer, saw a man planting an explosive device under her husband's car.

Following the incident, two cars with southern registrations were seen crossing the Foyle Bridge heading in the direction of Donegal.

Gardai were alerted and stopped a car at Killygordon, with McVeigh one of the passengers.

The court heard traces of the explosives were found on McVeigh's clothing.

Deputy District Judge Harry McKibbon refused bail. He said these were "most serious offences" and he considered there was "a genuine risk of flight."

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