Man denies making and placing pipe-bombs
A Co Antrim man has today denied making and placing three home-made pipe-bombs.
After Belfast Crown Court Judge David McFarland refused a defence application to have the charges against 20-year-old Ryan McDowell dismissed, he pleaded not guilty to making and possessing three improvised explosive devices on dates between November 30, 2010 and January 10, 2011.
Defence QC Laurence McCrudden had argued that the primitive devices did not come under legislation for explosives as the tubes in each were empty and devoid of explosive material or firework composition.
The Recorder of Belfast, Judge McFarland however, disagreed and refused the application.
The charges relate to pipe bombs being placed at a GAA club, Catholic school and a community centre in Ahoghill over the Christmas period 2010.
McDowell, from Laurel Park in Ahoghill was released on continuing bail pending his trial, due to be heard in November.
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