Belfast Telegraph

Pipe-bomb accused 'was at war with police'

By Alan Erwin

A woman accused of trying to kill a PSNI officer in a pipe-bomb attack declared herself "at war with the police" on Facebook, a court has heard.

Prosecutors also claimed Christine Connor has strong dissident republican links and recruited a man with no known allegiances to take part in the alleged plot.

Details emerged as Connor (29) and co-accused Stuart Downes (30) were returned for trial on charges connected to an attack in north Belfast last May when pipe-bombs were thrown at a PSNI car in the Ballysillan area, leaving at least one officer shaken. Connor, whose address in the north of the city cannot be disclosed, faces a charge of attempted murder.

She is also accused of possessing improvised explosives with intent to endanger life, causing an explosion likely to endanger life, and preparation of a terrorist act.

Downes, of Ryton Close in Shrewsbury, England, is charged with aiding and abetting in the offences.

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