Guns case man appears in court
Armed police officers were |deployed outside Londonderry Magistrates Court for the |appearance of a man charged with firearms offences.
Thomas Christopher Nash (53), from Iveagh Park, Prehen, in the Waterside area of the |city is charged with the |possession of a hunting rifle, a silencer and a magazine of ammunition.
He is further charged with possessing 141 cartridges, a canister of CS gas spray, an imitation handgun and a replica AK47 assault rifle.
The defendant was brought to the court yesterday in a prison van from Maghaberry |prison where he has been in custody since his arrest eight months ago.
It is alleged that he committed the offences between August 3 and August 9 last year.
Following the brief preliminary inquiry hearing before District Judge Barney McElholm, the defendant was returned back into custody until he is arraigned on the charges at Belfast Crown Court on a date yet to be fixed.