Bomb plot man on jail leave 'associated with top republicans'
A man jailed over a mortar bomb plot must have known he was breaching temporary release conditions by associating with three prominent republicans, the High Court has heard.
Senior counsel for the Prison Service claimed Sean McConville could have avoided contact with Colin Duffy, Henry Fitzsimons and Brendan Conway while out of HMP Maghaberry.
McConville is challenging the decision to punish him by denying privileges and two further home leaves for being in the trio's company late last year.
The 27-year-old Lurgan man is serving a 15-year sentence for possession of explosives discovered in the town in 2007. As part of his pre-release programme he was allowed out of prison on condition that he had no contact with anyone linked to paramilitary organisations or criminal activity.
Penalties were imposed after he was seen with Duffy, Fitzsimons and Conway – allegedly senior and prominent republican figures. All three have spent time on the separated republican wing at Roe House in Maghaberry.