Belfast Telegraph

Man found with loaded gun in car refused bail

By Michael Donnelly

A man who has admitted having a loaded gun has been refused bail as the offences carry a mandatory five-year jail term.

Refusing the application from 24-year-old Martin McLoone, Belfast Recorder, Judge David McFarland, said in his view: “I can see no reason at all why he should be released.”

McLoone, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, is due to be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to possessing the Webley revolver and 33 bullets with intent to endanger life on October 11, 2010.

A prosecuting lawyer told the Belfast Crown Court judge how the gun was uncovered in a car which was stopped and searched by police in a forest near Gortin, outside Omagh.

With two men in the front seats of the Ford Fiesta car, McLoone was found by police officers hiding beside another man under a sleeping bag in the flattened back seats.

As McLoone sat in the dock, the lawyer said a sledgehammer was also uncovered in a nearby car, adding that the incident, against a backdrop of dissident activity, “has all the hallmarks of terrorist-related activity”.

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