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Co Armagh man admits owning guns and rocket launcher

A Craigavon man was remanded into custody today after he admitted having guns, bullets and an improvised rocket propelled grenade launcher.

The trial of Thomas John Edwards (49) was due to start at Belfast Crown Court today but instead, defence lawyer Andrew Moriarty asked for the charges to be put to him again.

Wearing a beige jacket and blue checked shirt, Edwards pleaded guilty to 5.1g of mixed small arms propellant and a grip-stock assembly for a Propelled Recoilless Improvised Grenade (PRIG) launcher on August 10 2011 with intent to "enable another person to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland".

Edwards, from  Meadowbrook, Tullygally in Craigavon, also pleaded guilty to having a Beretta pistol, an assault rifle, two magazines and a total of 47 "full metal jacketed bullets" with the same intention.

He admitted a further charge of possessing a balaclava for a terrorist purpose and providing his home for terrorism.

No facts of the case were opened in court and Edwards was remanded into custody until he is sentenced in September by which time pre-sentence probation reports will have been compiled.

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