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Death plot accused must stay in custody, judge rules

By Alan Erwin

Published 30/04/2015

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 10-2-2012
Republican Alex McCrory who appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court alongside Colin Duffy and Harry Fitzimmons today on terrorist charges.
Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 10-2-2012 Republican Alex McCrory who appeared at Belfast Magistrate's Court alongside Colin Duffy and Harry Fitzimmons today on terrorist charges.

An alleged dissident republican accused of plotting to murder members of the security forces must remain in custody, a judge has ruled.

Alex McCrory was refused bail at Belfast Magistrates Court due to a perceived risk of further offences being committed.

The 53-year-old faces a series of terrorist charges in connection with a gun attack on police vehicles in north Belfast in December 2013.

He is alleged to have conspired with co-accused Colin Duffy and Henry Fitzsimons to kill security force members.

McCrory, of Sliabh Dubh View in Belfast, is also charged with attempting to murder police officers, conspiracy to possess firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life, aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm, and belonging to a proscribed organisation - namely the Irish Republican Army.

The alleged offences cover a period between January and December 2013.

McCrory was arrested along with Duffy (47) from Forest Glade, Lurgan, and 45-year-old Fitzsimons, of no fixed address, following the shooting incident on the Crumlin Road.

A police Land Rover and two other PSNI vehicles came under gun attack as they travelled towards Twaddell Avenue on December 5.

Two AK47 rifles and 14 spent rounds of ammunition were later recovered along with a hijacked and burnt-out taxi. At a previous court hearing it was claimed the three accused were covertly recorded in talks about seeking out security force targets with a high chance of "getting a kill".

The trio also discussed weaponry and explosives available to their organisation and losing two assault rifles in the attack on the police convoy, prosecutors claimed. McCrory, Duffy and Fitzsimons were said to have been arrested on the basis of the secretly taped meeting in Lurgan a day later. Denying bail, district judge Amanda Henderson cited the risk of re-offending.

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