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Fermanagh ammo and explosives accused in guilty plea

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 03/09/2016

Guilty: Barry Petticrew
Guilty: Barry Petticrew

A 45-year-old man has admitted a series of terrorist-related offences linked to a major explosives and ammunition find close to the border.

Appearing at Belfast Crown Court yesterday was Barry Francis Joseph Petticrew, who was arrested by police in October 2014 following a search at farm buildings in Co Fermanagh.

Petticrew, who is originally from Swanlinbar in Co Cavan but whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry, initially faced five charges arising from the raid at the property near the village of Kinawley.

However, after his barrister asked that he be re-arraigned on three of the five charges, two were left on the books, not to be proceeded with.

Petticrew pleaded guilty to three offences - namely possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, possessing articles for use in terrorism, and possessing ammunition with intent.

He admitted possessing a number of items including improvised explosive devices.

After Petticrew entered guilty pleas, his barrister asked that reports be compiled ahead of sentencing.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC then remanded Petticrew back into custody and informed him he would be sentenced in October.

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