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Gunman stopped on way to bar, court told

A man stopped in a car with a gun allegedly claimed he was on his way to shoot two doormen, the High Court has heard.

Dominic McGrath was detained in Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, after being thrown out of a bar in the town due to his behaviour, prosecutors said.

The 34-year-old, with an address at Coolnafranky Park, Cookstown, claims he had the revolver and bullets because he was under threat from paramilitaries.

McGrath, who was stopped on September 9, faces charges of possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life, two counts of threats to kill, a number of motoring offences, and possession of cannabis.

Refusing his application for bail, a judge said it was “totally intolerable” for someone to be moving around with a gun.

McGrath denies making threats to kill and claimed his intention was only to fire shots in the air to warn off those he says were menacing him, the court heard.

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