Explosives accused 'a dissident'
A man accused of storing explosives at his west Belfast home is believed to be "deeply involved" with a dissident republican group, a court has heard.
Police claimed Louis McKenna was trusted to keep a substantial amount of suspected pipe-bomb parts, a pistol and bullets.
McKenna (52) was arrested after police searched his Forest Street address on Saturday.
He appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court on charges of possessing a firearm, ammunition and bomb parts in suspicious circumstances.
Bail was refused due to the risk of reoffending or interfering with witnesses.
The accused, described by his lawyer as a chronic alcoholic with serious health problems, entered the dock on a crutch. Asked if he understood the charges which are denied, he replied: "Yeah."
District Judge Fiona Bagnall also heard details of the accused's bouts of serious ill-health, including having a tin plate inserted in his leg after a fall.
However, she refused bail and remanded McKenna in custody to appear again by video-link on February 24.