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Serving PSNI officer in court accused of trying to obtain gun, ammunition and silencer

By Alan Erwin

Published 07/09/2016

The officer was arrested during an operation in Belfast on Monday.
The officer was arrested during an operation in Belfast on Monday.

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

Allen Kennedy is also charged with having quantities of 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 six charges on Wednesday.

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 due to unrelated matters, is further charged with having bullets and a shotgun cartridge.

He faces further allegations of having Class A drugs with intent to supply, and simple 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, replying: "I do."

A detective in charge of the investigation told the court he could connect the accused to all six counts. Defence solicitor Adrian Harvey put no questions to the detective.

Mr Harvey also told the court his client was not seeking bail at this stage. District Judge Fiona Bagnall remanded Kennedy in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.

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