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Dissident Gavin Coyle 'recorded discussing bombing', court hears

By David Young, PA

Published 04/12/2015

Remanded: Gavin Coyle
Remanded: Gavin Coyle

A convicted dissident republican accused of a murder bid on a Northern Ireland policeman has been secretly recorded talking about the attack, a court has heard.

Self-confessed dissident Gavin Coyle (38) was appearing in the dock charged with the bomb attack on an off-duty Catholic police officer near Castlederg in Co Tyrone in 2008.

Coyle, formerly of Culmore Park, Omagh, was arrested earlier this week inside Maghaberry high security prison near Lisburn, where he is serving a 10-year sentence for a range of dissident terror offences.

The officer was driving from his home to start a night shift at Enniskillen police station in May 2008 when an undercar bomb, made of 1lb of high explosives, detonated. The policeman was seriously injured in the attack.

Coyle, who pleaded guilty to a range of other terror charges two years ago, appeared before Strabane Magistrates Court yesterday accused of attempted murder, causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury and membership of a proscribed organisation.

The court heard that police interviewed Coyle about the attack twice in 2008, but that prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence against him.

A detective constable said evidence from a covert recording of a meeting allegedly involving Coyle, recorded in February 2010, had now given police sufficient grounds to charge the accused.

Coyle was remanded to appear before the same court, via video-link, on December 31.

Meanwhile, a second person is due to appear in court this morning in connection with the same bomb attack on the police officer.

The 44-year-old man was last night charged with attempted murder, causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious damage to property, and with belonging to a proscribed organisation.

He will appear before Dungannon Magistrates Court.

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