Dissident 'storeman' jailed for possession of bomb 'cookbook'
A man has been jailed for four years for a string of dissident terrorist-related offences including the possession of a bomb-making 'cookbook' and explosive substances.
Sentencing Kevin Barry Concannon, from Beechwood Avenue in the Edenballymore area of Londonderry, to eight years with half to be spent in custody and half on licence, Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland described the defendant as a "storeman'' for dissident republican terrorists.
The 41-year-old had pleaded guilty in June this year at Belfast Crown Court to a total of seven offences, one of which was having photographs of the headquarters of Merseyside Police in Liverpool.
The father-of-one admitted possessing an explosive substance, Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN), with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, on the second limb of the charge, namely enabling others to endanger life. He entered the same plea on a similar charge of possessing explosive substances – aluminium granules, magnesium ribbon and metal springs – with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.
Concannon also pleaded guilty to four terrorist-related charges on the same date, and entered guilty pleas to all three counts. He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and a magazine in suspicious circumstances; possession of explosives, namely blank cartridges, in suspicious circumstances; possession information or documents likely to be of use in terrorism, namely the Anarchist's Cookbook, and also possessing articles for use in terrorism.
The articles in the latter charge are a de-activated sub-machine-gun, a set of number plates, smoke cannisters and a thunderflash.
Two further charges were left on the books.
Prosecution counsel Ciaran Murphy QC said police had carried out a search of Concannon's Beechwood Avenue home on June 10 last year. The search was part of a follow-up investigation into the discovery of four primed mortar bombs while they were being transported from Co Donegal to Derry on March 3, 2013.
Mr Murphy said: "A thunderflash and smoke grenades were found in the hot press. A laptop was recovered and found to contain images of three masked men posing with a weapon or firearm.
"The book the Anarchist's Cookbook was also found on the laptop which contained the instructions for making bombs and the ingredients required."
Concannon's wife Lesley, from West Virginia in America, was originally charged with her husband over the explosives haul but the charges were later dropped.