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Loyalist Mark Harbinson to stand trial over gun and ammo find

By Ashleigh McDonald

Prominent loyalist Mark Harbinson will stand trial on firearms and ammunition offences later this year, Belfast Crown Court heard yesterday.

Harbinson, from Sheepwalk Road in Lisburn, denies three charges linked to the discovery of a pistol, silencer and bullets in a biscuit tin.

He was arrested by police after the gun and ammunition were found in the rafters of a barn at his home.

Harbinson was charged with possessing a 9mm Makarov pistol, a silencer and 28 rounds of 9mm ammunition in suspicious circumstances on December 21, 2015.

When the charges were put to the defendant in court yesterday, he replied "not guilty" to each of the offences.

A defence barrister confirmed that the trial, which is due to start in April, would last approximately three days.

Judge Miller was also informed that Harbinson would be launching an application for bail next week.

After being told of the trial date, the defendant was remanded back into custody.

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