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Co Armagh teenager and her boyfriend are accused of running bomb factory

By David Young

A couple from Co Armagh have appeared in court to face eight charges related to the manufacturing of explosives, the possession of bomb-making parts and the possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Orla O'Hanlon (19) of Church Road, Forkhill, and her boyfriend Keith McConnan of Tievecrom Road, Forkhill, appeared at Newry Crown Court yesterday. Miss O'Hanlon pleaded not guilty to all charges, and was released on continuing bail.

Mr McConnan faces the same charges but his arraignment has been delayed because his legal representative was not in court.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court in Belfast tomorrow.

The charges arise from a police search of the Tievecrom Road property in December 2013 where both the accused had formerly resided.

The bomb parts they are accused of possessing include a mobile phone-operated switch unit. Previous hearings have seen a heavy security presence, but yesterday's brief appearance hearing was low-key, with no uniformed police in court.

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