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Pensioner who fled arrest for almost 40 years to stand trial accused of having weapons arsenal - court hears

A pensioner is to stand trial accused of having a weapons arsenal and escaping from custody nearly 40 years ago.

Samuel Tweed, 72, faces charges connected to the discovery of 19 guns and ammunition in Belfast in 1974.

He is alleged to have fled weeks after his arrest, only being detained again in September last year.

Tweed, of Mark Street, Newtownards, is accused of escaping from lawful custody at a courthouse in the city and possession of firearms and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

The Courts Service confirmed today that he has now been committed for trial on those charges.

Tweed was released on continuing bail until those proceedings get underway at Belfast Crown Court.

His release conditions include sureties of £7,000, a night-time curfew and reporting to police twice a week.

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