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Dissident who had list of police and judges in his cell is jailed for a further 12 months

By John Cassidy

Published 17/09/2016

Sentence: Connor Hughes
Sentence: Connor Hughes

A dissident republican bomber has been told he will have to spend another year in prison after he was caught with the names of judges and PSNI officers in his cell.

Connor Hughes (24), who is orginally from Altan Close, Dunmurry, had pleaded guilty to "possessing a document or record" likely to be of use to terrorists.

Belfast Crown Court was told that Hughes was eight months into an 11-year jail sentence when staff at Maghaberry Prison carried out the search.

Prosecuting barrister Ian Tannahill said staff conducted the search at 11.45am on October 2, 2015 when they "uncovered a list of names of 16 police officers and eight members of the judicary".

The court was told that the search was carried out on Hughes's cell at Roe House.

"That's a part of the prison where Oglaigh na hEireaan are held," he said.

"The list was found among a number of documents, which included shopping lists for the prison tuck shop, inside an A4 pad."

The documents were later handed over to the PSNI and the court heard that during interviews Hughes "did not answer any questions".

The court was told that at the time Hughes was serving a sentence for possession of explosives with intent to endanger life or damage property.

The sentence related to a police operation when PSNI officers stopped Hughes at the junction of Glen Road and Shaws Road in west Belfast in 2014.

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