Belfast Telegraph

PSNI man in court on gun and drug charges

By Alan Erwin

A serving PSNI officer has been remanded in custody accused of trying to acquire a gun, ammunition and silencer.

Allen Kennedy is also charged with having quantities of the drugs ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply.

The 30-year-old, whose address was given as c/o Strandtown Police Station in east Belfast, was arrested during an operation in the city on Monday. He appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of six charges.

The policeman is accused of the attempted possession of a handgun, 10 rounds of ammunition and a silencer in suspicious circumstances and with intent to endanger life.

Kennedy, who is currently suspended from duties because of unrelated matters, is further charged with having bullets and a shotgun cartridge.

He faces additional allegations of having Class A drugs with intent to supply, and possession of cannabis.

All of the alleged offences occurred at locations in Belfast and Newtownards on September 5.

Standing in the dock dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, Kennedy confirmed he understood the charges, saying, "I do".

A detective in charge of the investigation told the court he believed he could connect the accused to all six counts.

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